Origin of want ad
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for want ad
Before the old man could answer they had reached the want-ad counter.
I was told the Enquirer posted the “want-ad” sheets of the paper at its back door an hour before daylight.Broke
Edwin A. Brown
Thinking that Mr. Malcom might have gone back to the want-ad department, she hastily returned there.
- informal a classified advertisement in a newspaper, magazine, etc, for something wanted, such as property or employment