Meaning of tad in English:


Pronunciation /tad/

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informal a tad
  • To a small extent; somewhat.

    • ‘Mark looked a tad embarrassed’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps I am being a tad simplistic here, obviously there's the issue of passive smoking.’
    • ‘Also, while not wishing to criticise in the slightest, I do feel the place needs livening up just a tad.’
    • ‘Sounds like a pretty good concept on paper, even if it does sound a tad familiar, right?’
    • ‘However, a minority let their admiration and devotion to the great saint go a tad too far.’
    • ‘She did complain that the salsa was a tad watery, but the beef was superb.’
    • ‘Yet it would have been even more impressive if it had been installed a tad lower.’
    • ‘Some will argue that nearly eleven years into a peace process, it's a tad on the late side.’
    • ‘To be honest I didn't spend a whole lot of time reading the stuff on the page partly as the tone all seemed a tad annoying.’
    • ‘Because, let's face it, miserable people can be just a tad irritating themselves.’
    • ‘I may mention that my sister tends to overreact a tad and may at times behave like a drama queen.’
    • ‘If these sound like the words of one who is a tad star-struck, don't be deceived.’
    • ‘I got a tad splashed which could've been embarrassing as I was wearing white trousers!’
    • ‘He is looking well although his dedication to not missing any films is a tad scary.’
    • ‘She was standing by a trunk we had in the living room, looking a tad distressed.’
    • ‘It was kind of incredible but the general consensus was that it was a tad long.’
    • ‘In my eyes a slight shift in the script would make the ending of the show seem a tad less grim.’
    • ‘If you were exceptionally fussy you might say that the article is just a tad short on hard numbers.’
    rather, quite, fairly, moderately, somewhat, a little, slightly, a shade


informal in singular
  • A small amount of something.

    • ‘crumpets sweetened with a tad of honey’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I leaned over Justin and rolled down the window the tiniest tad.’
    • ‘Growth of 3% is perhaps a tad more realistic.’
    • ‘A tad too much and it can control the whole drink.’
    • ‘With tad of green eyeliner bringing out my brown eyes and clear gloss smudged on my full lips, I was ready to go.’
    • ‘A tad more modesty, and less time spent on delivering spin to the English media, might have produced a different result.’
    • ‘I for my part kept my distance, partly out of a still remaining tad of guilt and partly out of an odd feeling that after all that had gone before I wasn't sure quite what to say to her on her departure.’
    small portion, small piece, piece, portion, segment, section, part


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