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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
Recent Examples on the Web In that quality effort, this grey got a tad rambunctious in the gate before breaking near the lead at the gate opening. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 However, once in the care of the Arizona Humane Society, it was found that sweet Sophie is healthy but is a tad overweight and could use a diet with some exercise. The Republic/usa Today Network, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2021 While a tad technophobic, this was not our first remote religious rodeo. Susan Shapiro, Wired, 31 May 2021 Her dark brown eyes and her thick eyebrows were framed by her long brown hair, lightened from the sun, looking a tad wet, a faint curl still in it. EW.com, 24 May 2021 The European bourses were up a tad, with the Stoxx Europe 600 up 0.14% at the open. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 24 May 2021 No wonder the thought of suddenly coming face-to-face with so many mouths and noses is a tad unsettling. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 18 May 2021 Franklin decided to make North a tad on the snarky side at a time when Kim and dad Kanye West often dressed their first born in black, hadn’t yet revealed her face and the Kardashians had a kid clothing line at Babies R Us. Leanne Italie, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021 This argan oil treatment actually applies as a fine mist to provide hair with a lightweight yet powerful veil of moisture—a perfect choice for those who worry about oil treatments leaving hair a tad too oily. Victoria Moorhouse, Forbes, 6 May 2021

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Tad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tad. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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