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noun (1)

: a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal : craze
faddish adjective
faddishly adverb
faddishness noun
faddism noun
faddist noun
faddy adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for fad

fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date.

fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place.

the current fashion

style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste.

a media baron used to traveling in style

mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated.

slim bodies are the mode at this resort

vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion.

short skirts are back in vogue

fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion.

last year's fad is over

rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad.

Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time
crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted

Examples of fad in a Sentence

Noun (1) She's always interested in the latest fads. once the fad for that kind of music had passed, nobody would have been caught dead listening to it
Recent Examples on the Web
Every morning, another instructional fad or excuse to lower standards needs uprooting. Daniel Buck, National Review, 3 Feb. 2024 Supplements can be dangerous for teens Teens may also embrace fads like fasting, juice or tea cleanses and supplements, which are especially used for bodybuilding and weight loss. Rochelle Koff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Jean fads go in and out, from skinny jeans to baggy jeans. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2024 Conceptions of gluten-free cooking vary from a saving grace for those living with gluten intolerance or celiac disease to a diet fad and shameless pandering to trend-happy diners. Nina Lincoff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The rise of remote work has opened the door for workers to find jobs anywhere, paving the way for lifestyle fads including digital nomadism. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2024 While Hollywood’s interest in 3D has proven largely to be a fad — a way to upcharge theatergoers for an often-gimmicky experience — Wenders never gave up on the format, continuing to experiment on its potential. Peter Debruge, Variety, 19 Dec. 2023 Stanely's company-wide revenue spiked after the tumblers became a social media fad, jumping from $74 million in 2019 to $750 million in 2023, according to CNBC. The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2024 The winners will be the ones who can get the computer to move things along the most quickly, generate the new fashions and fads, turn that into money, and go to the next thing. Paul Ford, WIRED, 2 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1867, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fad was in 1867

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“Fad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fad. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal : craze
faddish adjective
faddist noun
faddy adjective

Medical Definition

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