cad

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noun

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: 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
The limping boy, the wag with the bear, the cad with the under look, the Londoner, the libertine, the would-be liberator: take your pick. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Greta Gerwig reliably writes the character as a bit of a cad, but the end-of-high-school setting lends everything a brightness, even Chalamet’s schmoozy, lazy lies. EW.com, 18 Feb. 2024 Joey Evans is a charming cad, a heel, an unapologetic womanizer, a gigolo. Brian Seibert, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2023 Jean is a controlling cad who collects wealthy friends, makes a show of hunting deer in the country, and gushes over his antique train set (privilege and childishness, all in one handy metaphor). Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2023 There are so many more kings and cads, great men and flawed leaders left for Neeson to play. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 25 Aug. 2023 Kat Valdez has a messy public breakup with a charming cad, Bastian (Colombian Latin pop singer Maluma), who is caught on social media kissing her assistant; J. Lo had a messy public breakup with a charming cad caught on social media messaging a Bravo star. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 In the uneven period drama, a country girl starts to make her way in the big city and is drawn into a bohemian circle, intrigued by the impetuous painters who turn out to be cads and especially by a free-spirited, sad-eyed model. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Aug. 2023 Played by Cillian Murphy, J. Robert Oppenheimer is portrayed as a hero, a martyr, a genius, a pillar of morality, a midwife to mass destruction and, interestingly enough, a bit of a cad. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 22 July 2023 See More

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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 4 Mar. 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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