: a small or insignificant amount or degree : bit
might give him some water and a tad to eatC. T. Walker
: a small child
especially : boy
a tad
: somewhat, rather
looked a tad bigger than meLarry Hodgson

Example Sentences

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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Word History


probably from English dialect, toad, from Middle English tode — more at toad

First Known Use

circa 1877, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tad was circa 1877

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“Tad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tad. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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