- a small child, especially a boy.
- a very small amount or degree; bit: Please shift your chair a tad to the right. The frosting could use a tad more vanilla.
Origin of tad
Related Words for tadbabe, youngster, child, chick, toddler, kid, modicum, smidgen, whiff, morsel, iota, sliver, deduction, suckling, nipper, bambino, button, nursling, tot, newborn
Examples from the Web for tad
Contemporary Examples of tad
Joe Sutter is 93 now, silver-haired and moving a tad more slowly than he would like, but still pugnacious and sharp of tongue.The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
Onscreen, Teller is a bit like a young Vince Vaughn—gregarious, charming, and a tad suspicious.Miles Teller’s Movie Star Moment: From the Brink of Death to ‘Whiplash’
October 14, 2014
Even so, I feel a tad guilty to be depriving him of the opportunity.Method Man Talks Wu-Tang Clan Reunion, Fake Rappers, and the Suge Knight Shooting
September 15, 2014
When a 16-year-old takes on that wide-eyed, touched-for-the-very-first-time role, it all comes off as a tad more…juvenile.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans
August 15, 2014
Because we know she was once a tad more regular, and she feels like an old friend, and we watched her become who she is today.Face It—We Rubes Will Never Live Like Gwyneth and Jennifer Aniston
July 2, 2014
Historical Examples of tad
I say, Tad Murray, what's made you so late with your cows this morning?
Tell you what, Tad, Whip's the best dog in the world for rabbits.
"Tad" Simpson was known to be deep in Congressman Atkins's confidence.
I say that to you, Tad Simpson, and to the man—to whoever put you up to this.
It was practically a repetition of his reply to Tad Simpson that morning.
- US and Canadian a small boy; lad
- US and Canadian a small bit or piece
- a tad a little; rathershe may be a tad short but she got a top modelling job
Word Origin for tad
Word Origin and History for tad
1877, "young or small child," probably a shortened form of tadpole, which is said to be the source of Tad as the nickname of U.S. President Lincoln's son Thomas (1853–1871). The extended meaning "small amount" is first recorded 1915.
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