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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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Nike’s stock dipped a tad when the controversy hit: but its sales rose immediately and its shares soon recovered. The Economist, "Big business is beginning to accept broader social responsibilities," 22 Aug. 2019 And around countless stars in the galaxy, a version of this process repeated itself, forging plentiful planets in a spectrum of sizes—except, apparently, worlds just a tad bigger than Earth. Wired, "The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets," 19 May 2019 In assembling the game’s second-most potent offense to date (5.65 runs a game, a tad below the Yankees’ average of 5.79), the Red Sox have gotten help from several sources. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Yankees-Red Sox: MLB's biggest rivalry finally pits its two best teams in the Bronx," 8 May 2018 Thick slices of duck, a tad too magenta, straddled an irresistible plank of fried bread. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, "At L’Accolade, Artful Appetizers Pose as Drinking Food," 17 Aug. 2019 In the second version, eventually installed in the chapel and now in the National Gallery, the colors are brighter, the figures are a tad bigger each has a halo. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Imaging Reveals Leonardo da Vinci Wrestled With the Composition for ‘Virgin of the Rocks’," 15 Aug. 2019 As the Financial Times explains here, a weaker yuan might help boost Chinese exports a tad by making them cheaper in dollar terms. Fortune, "The Week Trump and Xi Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Trade War—CEO Daily," 10 Aug. 2019 True, Martinez’s Heisman hype may be a tad premature, but the signal-caller’s first season was unquestionably impressive. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 Preview: Nebraska Ready for Next Step in Scott Frost's Second Season," 7 Aug. 2019 How James gets there proves gripping and harrowing, if at times a tad implausible. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Teacher’ lets David Dastmalchian channel his inner Travis Bickle," 31 July 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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