\ 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 But this request was a little different and met with a tad bit of hesitation. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Got lobster heads? Make bisque," 27 Nov. 2019 Sitting cross-legged on red cushions placed on the floor of Ayres House, a residential facility for youth leaving the correctional system, seven young men seem a tad skeptical. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "Bringing meditation — and calm — to youth leaving the correctional system," 10 Nov. 2019 That said, their cross-discipline mindset does make Flavourworks feel a tad isolated from either industry. Anthony Mcglynn, Ars Technica, "Full motion, full emotion: Bandersnatch’s Emmys as a (literal) game changer," 26 Oct. 2019 Colts’ fans were getting a tad squeamish after their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1. oregonlive, "Atlanta Falcons vs Indianapolis Colts: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 22 Sep. 2019 With both starters struggling, the 7.5 just seems a tad too low. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets odds, picks and best bets," 13 Sep. 2019 Water plus lemon juice tastes interesting, if a tad difficult from even the first sip. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Tips on complementing summer flavors in the kitchen," 23 July 2019 Tragedy shadows every move, even if overall the novel feels a tad rosy. John Domini, Dallas News, "An Italian teenager meets the family she didn't know existed in 'A Girl Returned'," 1 July 2019 So a book which begins by acknowledging its narrow focus turns out to be just a tad narrower still. The Economist, "Believe me The narrow path from faith to doubt," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tad.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tad. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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