An example of fad is the doll line called the "Cabbage Patch Kids."
Origin of fad19th circa from British Midland dialect, dialectal
Origin of fadPossibly from fidfad fussy person, fussy from fiddle-faddle
- A phenomenon that becomes popular for a very short time.
Of English dialectal origin. Further origin obscure. Possibly from Old English ġefæd (“order, decorum”) (compare Old English ġefæd (“orderly, tidy”), fadian, ġefadian (“to set in order, arrange”); or from French fadaise ("a trifling thought"; see fadaise).