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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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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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Thankfully, this film is actually funny, and so is Renée Zellweger, the titular Bridget Jones, who is 32 and a bit clumsy, and believes herself to be both a tad overweight and running short of romantic options. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 The dining area on Friday was a tad on the warm side, but window air conditioning units helped supplement the HVAC system. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Replacement delayed by border wall, Camp Bullis’ vintage dining hall still feeds GIs," 7 Sep. 2019 Nebraska might have been a tad overrated The Cornhuskers entered this season with high hopes — and a national ranking — after winning four of their final six in 2018, coach Scott Frost’s debut. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "5 things we learned from South Alabama’s 35-21 loss to Nebraska," 2 Sep. 2019 But Stafford threw the ball behind his rookie tight end, and the veteran quarterback has been a tad inconsistent the last few days. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions observations: The dreaded conditioning hill, Stafford's latest pick," 31 July 2019 If Schnitzer was a tad overly excited about the new Baldessari exhibition, he could be forgiven. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, "John Baldessari’s biggest fan? The man behind the new Laguna Art Museum show," 30 July 2019 When the candidate was asked about her first order of business, her response was a tad unusual. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Marianne Williamson Quotes You've Probably Used Without Realizing It," 22 July 2019 Now, if only one of us would slow their roll a tad. —Ms. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Actors and Entertainers," 10 Dec. 2018 And while the sugar content can be a tad high in sangria, if done right—with a classic wine and fresh fruit—all sugar found in the drink would be naturally occurring and not incorporate artificial sugars. John Kell, Fortune, "Prepackaged Sangria Is Having a Moment This Summer," 29 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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