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fad

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noun
  1. a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.
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Origin of fad

1825–35; noun use of dial. fad to look after things, busy oneself with trifles, back formation from obsolete faddle to play with, fondle. See fiddle
Related formsfad·like, adjective

Synonyms

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craze, vogue, rage.
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Examples from the Web for fad

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  • I see some man in the East has a fad for breaking the ice in the river and going swimming.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • For at bottom, atheism is either a fad or a trade or a fatuity.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • I laughed at this fad, and, not thinking him incorrigible I took him into my service.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Every private inclination is a fad, and even fads have their fixed forms.

    The New Society

    Walther Rathenau

  • It was a fad of the Doctor's to pass an afternoon on the farm, gathering stones.


British Dictionary definitions for fad

fad

noun informal
  1. an intense but short-lived fashion; craze
  2. a personal idiosyncrasy or whim
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Derived Formsfaddish, adjectivefaddishness, nounfaddism, nounfaddist, noun

Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin

FAD

noun
  1. biochem flavin adenine dinucleotide: an ester of riboflavin with ADP that acts as the prosthetic group for many flavoproteinsSee also FMN
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Word Origin and History for fad

n.

1834, "hobby, pet project;" 1881 as "fashion, craze," perhaps shortened from fiddle-faddle. Or perhaps from French fadaise "trifle, nonsense," ultimately from Latin fatuus "stupid."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fad in Medicine

FAD

abbr.
  1. flavin adenine dinucleotide
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