There are 2 main definitions of cad in English:

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cad 1

Pronunciation: /kad/


informal, dated
A man who behaves dishonourably, especially towards a woman: her adulterous cad of a husband
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈkadɪʃ/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈkadɪʃnəs/
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.


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

  • This is a dated term to describe a man who behaves dishonourably towards a woman, and appears to have arisen at the universities as a colloquial insult for a ‘man of low, vulgar manners’. It may have originated at Oxford in a contemptuous application to townsmen in the ‘town-and-gown’ rivalry. Cad, however, once referred to any passenger picked up by the driver of a horse-drawn coach for his personal profit. It is an abbreviation of Scottish caddie or its more standard form cadet. This term for a younger son comes from French Gascon dialect capdet, ‘little head’ hence ‘junior’ from Latin caput ‘head’.

Words that rhyme with cad

ad, add, Allahabad, bad, Baghdad, bedad, begad, Chad, clad, dad, egad, fad, forbade, gad, glad, grad, had, lad, mad, pad, plaid, rad, Riyadh, sad, scad, shad, Strad, tad, trad

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