- a local town boy or youth, as contrasted with a university or public school student.
- a servant at a university or public school.
- cactus moth,
- cactus pear,
- cactus wren,
Origin of cad
Examples from the Web for cad
Lift Tickets: Adult three-day passes begin at around $200 (CAD), depending on whenyou visit.Olympians Dish on Their Favorite Spots to Ski & Snowboard|The Daily Beast|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Brett Martin|June 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Paula Froelich|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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.
He behaves like a cad himself, and just look at him, please.Crime and Punishment|Fyodor Dostoevsky
Cadmus (Cad′mus), one of the earliest of the Greek demi-gods.1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described|Edward S. Ellis
For though he mixed with Dartie a good deal, he thought him a bit of a cad.The Forsyte Saga, Complete|John Galsworthy
The words, "You are a cad, young sir," vexed me more and more the longer that they sounded in my ears.Youth|Leo Tolstoy
Don't trust him, Miss Grey; believe me, he is a cad—I mean a selfish and deceitful fellow.The Galaxy, June 1877|Various
Word Origin for cad
n acronym for
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]