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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

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Ray was outdueled by Dodgers counterpart Walker Buehler, who was just a tad better, and the Dodgers prevailed 3-1. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Back-to-back strong outings by Diamondback starters provide boost for ailing pitching staff," 4 June 2019 Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Sweet Revenge This brand is a tad on the pricey side at $26, but this gloss is definitely splurge-worthy. Vara Gianna, Seventeen, "11 Gorgeous Lip Glosses That Won't Break The Bank," 22 Jan. 2019 Warmer, muggier air may ride back northward toward our region from the Gulf of Mexico, making the 80s feel just a tad steamy at times. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Enjoy today’s tranquility and comfort; heat arrives tomorrow," 11 May 2018 Those pictures will still be a tad fuzzy, due to the vehicle’s distance from the object. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch as NASA sends a spacecraft past a rock at the edge of the Solar System," 30 Dec. 2018 There was something a tad Rick Owens and Craig Green about the collection: all the darkness, and the protruding, padded bags and hoods tightly draw-stringed shut. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Ungendered Suiting, Hanbok Tradition, and #MeToo Surfaced at Seoul Fashion Week—Sarah Mower Reports," 23 Oct. 2018 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

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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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