cad

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noun

1
: a bus conductor
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: a man who acts with deliberate disregard for another's feelings or rights
a selfish cad

CAD

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abbreviation

1
computer-aided design
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Examples of cad in a Sentence

Noun He is a cad, not a gentleman. he's the type of cad who readily bad-mouths every girl who's ever dumped him
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
His spiritual journey from being kind of a feral cat/cad to being someone who literally saved hundreds of people’s lives was just very impressive. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 28 June 2024 Notting Hill Before Hugh Grant began leaning into his evil side in the early aughts by playing narcissistic cads in movies like Bridget Jones’s Diary and About a Boy, the ’90s (and screenwriter Richard Curtis) had already established him as one of the rom-com machine’s most charming leading men. Ben Rosenstock, TIME, 17 June 2024 Capable and probably gifted as a reporter, sure, but very much a cad — a white Japanophile unleashed. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 13 Feb. 2024 For instance, Eliza Wharton, The Coquette’s protagonist, died giving birth to a stillborn, illegitimate child after eschewing a pious suitor in favor of an attractive cad. TIME, 22 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for cad 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

English dialect, unskilled assistant, short for Scots caddie

First Known Use

Noun

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cad was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Cad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cad. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cad

noun
: a rude and selfish man
Etymology

Noun

from an earlier dialect word cad "an unskilled worker," shortened from Scots caddie (same meaning) — related to caddie, cadet see Word History at caddie

Medical Definition

CAD

abbreviation
coronary artery disease

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