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.

Nearby words

  1. bracteal,
  2. bracteate,
  3. bracteolate,
  4. bracteole,
  5. bracteose,
  6. bradawl,
  7. bradbury,
  8. bradbury, ray,
  9. bradded,
  10. braddock

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)




a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brad



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

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Word Origin and History for brad



"small wire nail," late 13c., brod, from Old Norse broddr "spike, point, arrow," from Proto-Germanic *brozda- (cf. Old English brord "point, prick, blade of grass," Old High German brort "point, edge, crown"), from PIE *bhrs-dh-, from root *bhars- "projectile, point, bristle" (see bristle (n.)).

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