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[kad] /kæd/
an ill-bred man, especially one who behaves in a dishonorable or irresponsible way toward women.
British Archaic.
  1. a local town boy or youth, as contrasted with a university or public school student.
  2. a servant at a university or public school.
Origin of cad
1780-90; short for caddie ( def 2 )
1. bounder, rotter, rascal, rogue; heel.


[kad] /kæd/
computer-aided design. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cads
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  • They are sometimes keen sportsmen, but a good many scamps, dolts, and cads are that.

    The Arena Various
  • Torrington's was founded for gentlemen, and we don't mean to have cads here.

    That Scholarship Boy Emma Leslie
  • Indeed, even the cads with whom Gleason consorted seemed to have become inspired with contempt.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • We'll jump on these two cads, and do them up now and at once!

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • For romance had come back to Italy; there were no cads in her; she was beautiful, courteous, lovable, as of old.

  • cads, perhaps,” suggested Clare, who had not spoken for a long time.

    Adam Johnstone's Son F. Marion Crawford
  • Regular set of cads, from the foreman down to the lowest clerk.

    The New Mistress George Manville Fenn
  • “One would have to mix with such a lot of cads,” he would say.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • But only to open it again to look in and utter the one word: “cads!”

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • And "cads" do the road in smart dog-carts as well as afoot or on bikes.

British Dictionary definitions for cads


(Brit, informal, old-fashioned) a man who does not behave in a gentlemanly manner towards others
Derived Forms
caddish, adjective
Word Origin
C18: shortened from caddie


noun acronym
computer-aided design
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cads



1730, shortening of cadet (q.v.); originally used of servants, then (1831) of town boys by students at British universities and public schools (though at Cambridge it meant "snob"). Meaning "person lacking in finer feelings" is from 1838.

A cad used to be a jumped-up member of the lower classes who was guilty of behaving as if he didn't know that his lowly origin made him unfit for having sexual relationships with well-bred women. [Anthony West, "H.G. Wells: Aspects of a Life," 1984]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cads



A Cadillac car: And we'll rent a black Caddy (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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