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Definition of tad in English:


(a tad)
To a small extent; somewhat: Mark looked a tad embarrassed
More example sentences
  • In a second half that was not much prettier but laced with a tad more passion, they bided their time.
  • I dropped hints to Ed, but I feel rather selfish in doing so because it's a tad pricey for our budget.
  • We are a tad worried by our fellow inhabitants, however, if we're regarded as the cleverest on earth.


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A small amount of something: crumpets sweetened with a tad of honey
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  • A tad more pressure, the paper blots, and the picture goes awry.
  • A tad more emotional wallowing might be desired by some, but I don't find it lacking in depth or enjoyment.
  • A tad more luck in front of goal and it could have been a different outcome.


Late 19th century (denoting a small child): origin uncertain, perhaps from tadpole. The current usage dates from the 1940s.

Words that rhyme with tad

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