There are 2 main definitions of cad in English:

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Syllabification: cad


dated or humorous
A man who behaves dishonorably, especially toward a woman: her adulterous cad of a husband
More example sentences
  • Britain's biggest cads, rogues and evil-doers from the past 1,000 years have been given special recognition by historians.
  • He, true to form, behaves like a cad and leaves her for the gambling tables and his deserved fate.
  • In short, Diplomacy is not a nice game; to win, it is necessary to behave like a complete cad.


late 18th century (denoting a passenger picked up by the driver of a horse-drawn coach for personal profit): abbreviation of caddie or cadet.



Example sentences
  • I remember feeling rather caddish: an 18-year-old seducer, in the Caribbean with the beautiful daughter of a terrifying steel magnate at 3 o'clock in the morning.
  • But his books are a celebration of caddish behaviour which, when you think about it, isn't much different from the laddish variety.
  • His caddish mission is to steal her petticoat as a ‘souvenir’ to present to her wealthy fiancé to prove her unfaithfulness.


Example sentences
  • He fell in and out of love with metronomic frequency, caddishly abandoning each lover for the next.
  • When he caddishly refuses, Isabelle accuses him of confusing life with cinema and commits suicide.
  • His leading characters are invariably womanisers, middle-class, caddishly intelligent and orphans.


Example sentences
  • A cad himself, he is quick to detect caddishness in others.
  • For the narrator, the ‘crime’ is caddishness, not coition - a failing of etiquette rather than morality.
  • To compound this apparent caddishness, Howard is also a fellow traveler and a boorish personality.

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