\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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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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Log in below for a few easy recipe substitutions and modifications that will make your traditional recipes a tad bit healthier and help Santa fit down the chimney this year. Indianapolis Star, "12 Healthy Recipe Substitutions for Santa," 5 July 2018 Still, there are a few reasons why any Newsom for president talk may be just a tad premature: • Newsom hasn’t yet been elected governor of California. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gavin Newsom for president? Might be a bit early for that," 6 June 2018 Dampening the excitement just a tad, these self-driving cabs have a person sitting in the driver’s seat …just in case things get a dicey on the roads. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Technology Week," 19 May 2018 Big brother Bentlee is a tad overwhelmed, but is quick to remind everyone that his siblings are his babies. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Mom Became 1 in 700,00 When She Conceived Quadruplets Naturally," 22 Dec. 2016 After a nice drive on the 18th, his approach went just a tad too long and nestled in some thick grass just on the edge of a backside bunker. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Dustin Johnson Pulls Away in Round 2 of the U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Their setup is classical — in the sense that the chronologically told story has no surprising twists or unexpected subplots — and also a tad too leisurely. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mario': Film Review," 31 May 2018 The result was two offenses that took advantage of opportunities given to them, and one did it just a tad better than the other. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Butterflies accompany Lincecum to Rock Round. Here's why that's a good thing | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 May 2018 Of course, Purdue hasn't been ranked since 2007, so that might be a tad optimistic. 23. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 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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