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noun, plural (especially collectively) scad, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) scads.
  1. any carangid fish of the genus Decapterus, inhabiting tropical and subtropical shore waters.
  2. any of several related carangid fishes, as of the genera Trachurus or Selar.
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Origin of scad1

First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain


noun Usually scads.
  1. Informal. a great number or quantity: scads of money.
  2. Archaic. a piece of money; dollar.
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Origin of scad2

1855–60, Americanism; of obscure origin; compare British dial scal(d) a great quantity
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  • This accordingly doing, we came to the eastern side of Loudon-hill, the trysted place, shortly after the first scad of the dawn.

  • I see a man who looks as though the world had used him bad; it sets my jaded heart aglow to give him half a scad.

British Dictionary definitions for scad


noun plural scad or scads
  1. any of various carangid fishes of the genus Trachurus, esp the horse mackerel
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Word Origin

C17: of uncertain origin; compare Swedish skädde flounder
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Word Origin and History for scad


c.1600, Cornish name for a type of fish (also known as horse mackerel) abundant on the British coast; of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of shad. OED compares Welsh ysgaden "herrings," Norwegian dialectal skad, Swedish skädde "flounder."

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