tad

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noun \ˈtad\

Definition of tad

  1. 1 :  a small or insignificant amount or degree :  bit might give him some water and a tad to eat — C. T. Walker

  2. 2 :  a small child; especially :  boy

a tad

  1. :  somewhat, rather looked a tad bigger than me — Larry Hodgson

Examples of tad in a Sentence

  1. there's more than just a tad of hyperbole in the critics' praise for the promising young pianist

  2. grandfather never tires of telling us about the days when he was just a tad

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Origin and Etymology of tad

probably from English dialect, toad, from Middle English tode — more at toad


First Known Use: circa 1877



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