[ brad ]
/ bræd /
Save This Word!


a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end.

verb (used with object), brad·ded, brad·ding.

to fasten with brads.



Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of brad

1425–75; late Middle English brad, dialectal variant of Middle English brod(d) sprout, shoot, nail <Old Norse braddr, cognate with Old English brord spike (see braird)

Definition for brad (2 of 2)

[ brad ]
/ bræd /


a male given name.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for brad

British Dictionary definitions for brad

/ (bræd) /


a small tapered nail having a small head that is either symmetrical or formed on one side only

Word Origin for brad

Old English brord point, prick; related to Old Norse broddr spike, sting, Old High German brort edge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012