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[fad] /fæd/
a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.
1825-35; noun use of dial. fad to look after things, busy oneself with trifles, back formation from obsolete faddle to play with, fondle. See fiddle
Related forms
fadlike, adjective
craze, vogue, rage. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fads
  • With one hand work and write to your national audience: let no fads sway you.
  • Selection of afternoon tea food is entirely a matter of whim, and new food-fads sweep through communities.
  • From putting together a decent product to finding distribution to keeping pace with current fads, so much can go wrong.
  • But keep your antennae up for intellectual fads and poisoned bait.
  • The airline has always avoided fads and eschewed anything that increased costs or complicated the basic travel proposition.
  • Reading also tends to come in handy when reading journal articles on diet fads or genetically modified foods.
  • Some people are less concerned than you with fashions and fads.
  • New toys overshadow the old ones, but fads die quickly.
  • Some skeptics are predicting that backyard ovens will go the way of other food fads.
British Dictionary definitions for fads


noun (informal)
an intense but short-lived fashion; craze
a personal idiosyncrasy or whim
Derived Forms
faddish, adjective
faddishness, noun
faddism, noun
faddist, noun
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin


(biochem) flavin adenine dinucleotide: an ester of riboflavin with ADP that acts as the prosthetic group for many flavoproteins See also FMN
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Word Origin and History for fads



1834, "hobby, pet project;" 1881 as "fashion, craze," perhaps shortened from fiddle-faddle. Or perhaps from French fadaise "trifle, nonsense," ultimately from Latin fatuus "stupid."

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fads in Medicine

FAD abbr.
flavin adenine dinucleotide

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Related Abbreviations for fads


  1. fish aggregating device
  2. flavin adenine dinucleotide
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