\ ˈtad \

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

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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

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While Prince William wore a navy pullover with a collared button-down and slacks, Kate decided to look a tad more festive. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Tartan Emilia Wickstead Skirt Looked Ever So Pretty When It Started "Snowing"," 4 Dec. 2018 The film paints Mary as a sparkling — if a tad naive — young woman who must find her way in a world of men (relatives, lovers, angry and misogynist church reformers) determined to steal and manipulate her power. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 9 Oscar contenders coming out in December," 3 Dec. 2018 And anyway, isn't this question a tad insulting to our partners? Alice Bradley, Redbook, "Go Ahead, Hire That Hot Nanny!," 11 Jan. 2011 The steering feels light with just a tad too much play in the steering wheel. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed," 25 Oct. 2018 The key inflation reading was a tad higher than the median 2.2% gain forecast by economists polled earlier by The Wall Street Journal. WSJ, "China Consumer Inflation Hits Six-Month High," 9 Sep. 2018 Leave it to Kelela to give a typically sweet piece just a tad more bite. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Kelela Puts a Fiery Twist on a Simple Summer Slip Dress," 23 Aug. 2018 Maybe a tad cheesy at times, but the characters are just so charming and lovable. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Didn't Want 'The Proposal' to End," 3 Dec. 2018 On the other hand, a salmon dish was a tad chalky, cooked just past the perfect point of moistness, despite a good crisp on the skin. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018

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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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