- an ill-bred man, especially one who behaves in a dishonorable or irresponsible way toward women.
- British Archaic.
- a local town boy or youth, as contrasted with a university or public school student.
- a servant at a university or public school.
Origin of cad
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- computer-aided design.
Examples from the Web for cad
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The Daily Beast
October 26, 2013
By the time of this third episode of Season 1, we were well aware of Don as a liar, cad, and adulterer.The 10 Most Essential TV Episodes From ‘Sopranos,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and More
June 30, 2013
A few minutes later she watched as the cad tore his hair out screaming on his front lawn.Paula Broadwell, Eminem, & More Spurned Lovers Who Went Ballistic
November 15, 2012
From a jealous weatherman to a Canadian cad, WATCH VIDEO of the cringe-worthy men of The Bachelorette.
Ali Fedotowsky is the latest reality star looking for love, but instead she found a jealous weatherman and a Canadian cad.
"I may be pretty rotten, but I'm not that kind of cad," said he.Viviette
William J. Locke
Wasn't that cad of a Bordenave going to go off the hooks after all?
It was on her soil and through her influence that a silly woman had married a cad.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
I was a cad to play about your fireplace––quite wrong––and you had to make me realize it.The Gorgeous Girl
The first time—it was the act of a cad—but I worked it all out.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- British informal, old-fashioned a man who does not behave in a gentlemanly manner towards others
- computer-aided design
Word Origin and History for cad
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]