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  1. an ill-bred man, especially one who behaves in a dishonorable or irresponsible way toward women.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1780–90; short for caddie (in the sense “a person who runs errands and does odd jobs”)

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Other definitions for CAD (2 of 2)

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  1. computer-aided design. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cad in a sentence

  • Of course you would think me a cad, a—well, I have my opinion of a man that would tell his side of such a story to a woman.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • My indignant protest that the cowardly cad tried to kiss me counted for nothing.

    The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
  • The pain was devilish, and I wasn't used to being alone, and nobody caring a damn, and everybody believing me a cad and a bully.

    Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The cad bait, with a little hackle round the top of the shank of the hook, kills well.

    The Teesdale Angler | R Lakeland
  • But I shall say something, if I see you working up a flirtation with that cad.

    The Dark House | Georg Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for cad (1 of 2)


/ (kæd) /

  1. British informal, old-fashioned a man who does not behave in a gentlemanly manner towards others

Origin of cad

C18: shortened from caddie

Derived forms of cad

  • caddish, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for CAD (2 of 2)


n acronym for
  1. computer-aided design

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