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

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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 Alabama, with the best offense of the Nick Saban era, may have a tad more firepower. Charles Hollis, al, "Alabama’s challenge is containing one of Buckeyes’ greatest teams," 10 Jan. 2021 This year, Rottinghaus said, each of the Big 3 faces some intraparty and institutional constraints that may make the session’s work product a tad less conservative than GOP hard-liners want. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Pandemic. Recession. Political strife: The Texas Legislature’s toughest 2021 challenges," 10 Jan. 2021 Williams had already hit two 3-pointers including one to end the first half, but this one was a tad long bouncing off the back iron as time expired giving Newman a home victory. Josh Preston Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Boys basketball: Newman holds off Salmen after 10-day layoff," 8 Jan. 2021 In retrospect, the improvements gained through the expansion of health insurance have been so real that all the ink spilled over early site outages seems trifling now, even a tad offensive. Benjamin Mazer, Wired, "There Should Be a Nobel Prize for Vaccine Logistics," 6 Jan. 2021 Kelli Ketzler spent Christmas grilling steaks with a couple friends and her dog Charlie, which, in our winter of COVID-19 discontent, was a tad extravagant. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe Park dog was lost in middle of pandemic. Pizza and a lawn sign saved him.," 28 Dec. 2020 The rate — due daily in cash — varied from next to nothing to a tad more. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The pandemic nixed foreign travel but opened our eyes to the exotic appeal of our city’s streets," 27 Dec. 2020 While a good deal of her discography surrounding relationships is whimsical – and even a tad self-deprecating – this project excavates her most vulnerable emotions and makes for a remarkable listen. The Christian Science Monitor, "From H.E.R. to Taylor Swift, women deliver the best songs of 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 Not having to chase guys like Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill should makes things a tad easier this week, but running back Dalvin Cook and rookie receiver Justin Jefferson can cause problems. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "Saints vs Vikings live scoreboard, updates: See TV info, key storylines, more for Christmas Day clash," 24 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of tad was circa 1877

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16 Jan 2021

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“Tad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tad. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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