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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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If anything, the former senior vice president of sales and marketing appears to be a tad too confident in his first year on the job. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Nintendo Has a Bold Plan for Competing With Streaming: Exactly What It’s Always Done," 17 July 2019 Chansiri's current Stewardship of Sheffield Wednesday may be a tad hit and miss to say the least. SI.com, "Sheffield United's Premier League Return Can Reinvigorate Football in the Steel City," 13 July 2019 While the chorus of women sigh and writhe along, the young king Pentheus (R.J. Foster) is a tad skeptical. New York Times, "Review: The Greeks Go Coachella in a Boisterous ‘Bacchae’," 11 July 2019 Down: Clayton Kershaw, NL Several National League pitchers surrendered runs in the loss, but Kershaw allowed the first one and was a tad lackluster as the second pitcher deployed by manager Dave Roberts. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Three up, three down from 2019 MLB All-Star Game," 9 July 2019 Pushback Some readers thought my column about the development of a Chinese-style social credit system in the United States was a tad too alarmist. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Project Veritas’ YouTube sting was deeply misleading — and successful," 27 June 2019 But if the fairways get pinched in a little more and the rough grows a little higher and the greens run a tad faster, there should still be decent scores. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what the Rocket Mortgage Classic got right — and what it got wrong," 30 June 2019 The catch, however, is that prices have crashed in the Indian market and trading volumes have been low making selling a tad difficult, added the blockchain consultant. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "What are the options for an Indian investor if bitcoin is completely banned?," 21 June 2019 Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key voice carnival toys who look a tad familiar. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Toy Story 4 goes beyond endings, with mixed results: EW review," 13 June 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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