an ill-bred man, especially one who behaves in a dishonorable or irresponsible way toward women.

a local town boy or youth, as contrasted with a university or public school student.

a servant at a university or public school.

Origin of cad

1780–90, short for caddie, (in the sense “a person who runs errands and does odd jobs”)

1 . bounder, rotter, rascal, rogue, heel.

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  • By the time of this third episode of Season 1, we were well aware of Don as a liar, cad, and adulterer.

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  • A few minutes later she watched as the cad tore his hair out screaming on his front lawn.

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  • From a jealous weatherman to a Canadian cad, WATCH VIDEO of the cringe-worthy men of The Bachelorette.

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  • Ali Fedotowsky is the latest reality star looking for love, but instead she found a jealous weatherman and a Canadian cad.

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    • "I may be pretty rotten, but I'm not that kind of cad," said he.

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  • Wasn't that cad of a Bordenave going to go off the hooks after all?

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  • It was on her soil and through her influence that a silly woman had married a cad.

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  • I was a cad to play about your fireplace––quite wrong––and you had to make me realize it.

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  • The first time—it was the act of a cad—but I worked it all out.
  • *Предлагаемые к заключению договоры или финансовые инструменты являются высокорискованными и могут привести к потере внесенных денежных средств в полном объеме. До совершения сделок следует ознакомиться с рисками, с которыми они связаны.

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