tad

noun
\ ˈtad How to pronounce tad (audio) \

Definition of tad

1 : a small or insignificant amount or degree : bit might give him some water and a tad to eat— C. T. Walker
2 : a small child especially : boy
a tad
: somewhat, rather looked a tad bigger than me— Larry Hodgson

Examples of tad in a Sentence

there's more than just a tad of hyperbole in the critics' praise for the promising young pianist grandfather never tires of telling us about the days when he was just a tad
Recent Examples on the Web In most places in the world, being a tad avant-garde as an artist is tantamount to being penniless, but Minna apparently needs no other job than composing her soundless music. Lauren Groff, The New York Review of Books, 23 Apr. 2020 Industry voters are far more inclined to look past misgivings about a film's structure to recognize the strength of Stewart's performance at the center, but Gaga's work seemingly remains a tad more accessible, giving her the edge for now. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 20 Dec. 2021 Our thoughts: This is what onion dip should taste like -- oniony, garlicky, and just a tad bit salty. cleveland, 15 Dec. 2021 But why not forgo the stiletto for something a tad bit more comfortable? Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2021 Kenny Pickett is a tad more mobile than counterpart Sam Hartman and the Panthers rank second in the nation with 46 sacks. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 2 Dec. 2021 Fans of higher-end chocolates, like Godiva and Vosges, and local favorites Compartes and LetterPress, may look down on See’s as something from another time: old-fashioned, quaint and just a tad too sweet. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 That’s not even mentioning how the three-time Pro Bowl receiver has earned just a tad under $52 million in salary earnings over the course of his NFL career. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 The blend features cinnamon, nutmeg and just a tad of brown sugar. Courier Journal Staff, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of tad

circa 1877, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tad

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

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4 Jan 2022

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“Tad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tad. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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