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

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

Other words for fad

Other words from fad

  • fadlike, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fad (1 of 2)


/ (fæd) /

  1. an intense but short-lived fashion; craze

  2. a personal idiosyncrasy or whim

Origin of fad

C19: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of fad

  • faddish, adjective
  • faddishness, noun
  • faddism, noun
  • faddist, noun

British Dictionary definitions for FAD (2 of 2)


  1. biochem flavin adenine dinucleotide: an ester of riboflavin with ADP that acts as the prosthetic group for many flavoproteins: See also FMN

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