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[skad] /skæd/
noun, plural (especially collectively) scad (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) scads.
any carangid fish of the genus Decapterus, inhabiting tropical and subtropical shore waters.
any of several related carangid fishes, as of the genera Trachurus or Selar.
1595-1605; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples for scads
  • There are scads of ideas and not enough resources to try them all.
  • It's the scads of fixed-gear, town, single-speed and other urban bicycles that are drawing the crowds.
British Dictionary definitions for scads


plural noun
(informal) a large amount or number
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin


noun (pl) scad, scads
any of various carangid fishes of the genus Trachurus, esp the horse mackerel
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish skädde flounder
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Word Origin and History for scads
"large amounts," 1869, Amer.Eng., earlier "dollar" (1858, usually in plural), of uncertain origin. Unknown connection to scad (c.1600), a Cornish name for a type of fish abundant on the British coast, which probably is a variant of shad (q.v.).
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Slang definitions & phrases for scads


  1. A large quantity of money (1890+)
  2. A large quantity of anything; bags, oodles: I have scads of studying to do (1809+)

[origin unknown; perhaps fr British dialect, ''shed,'' and hence semantically akin to a shithouse full]

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Encyclopedia Article for scads


any of several species of fishes in the family Carangidae (order Perciformes), which also includes the jacks, amberjacks, and pompanos. The name scad is usually restricted to certain species in the genera Decapterus, Selar, and Trachurus. The half dozen species are marine and occur along the Atlantic coast of the Americas, except for the Mexican scad (D. scombrinus), which is found in the Pacific Ocean.

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