noun, plural (especially collectively) scad, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) scads.
- scafell pike,
- scaffold nail
Origin of scad1
Examples from the Web for scads
He jist shoved them scads what hed been given him careless-like down inter his coat pocket, an' faced Mister Manager.Beth Norvell|Randall Parrish
Of course we always got scads of these too, but this was a very normal thing.Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Now, scads are of small value, and yet Dick got them all, and Hugh all the mackerel.Cornish Saints and Sinners|J. Henry Harris
Oh, heaps of them—scores—dead oodles and scads of 'em, as we girls say.Recollections of a Varied Life|George Cary Eggleston
You'll find a buckskin purse, with some scads in it, in the bag.Trent's Trust and Other Stories|Bret Harte
Word Origin for scads
noun plural scad or scads
Word Origin for scad
"large amounts," 1869, American English, earlier "dollar" (1855, usually in plural), of uncertain origin. Unknown connection to scad, the fish, which were "often very abundant and occasionally seen in enormous shoals":
In July, 1834, as Mr. Yarrell informs us, most extraordinary shoals passed up the channel along the coast of Glamorganshire; their passage occupied a week, and they were evidently in pursuit of the fry of the herring. The water appeared one dark mass of fish, and they were caught by cart-loads, and might even be baled out of the water by the hands alone. ["British Fish and Fisheries," 1849]
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."