Brad meaning

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(US, elementary school usage, particularly kindergarten and primary grades) A paper fastener, a fastening device formed of thin, soft metal, such as shim brass, with a round head and a flat, split shank, which is spread after insertion in a hole in a stack of pages, in much the same way as a cotter pin or a split rivet.
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A diminutive of the male given names Bradley, Bradly, or Bradford.
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A thin wire nail with a small head or a slight side projection instead of a head.
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A thin wire nail of uniform thickness with a small head that is sometimes off-center.
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A thin, small nail, with a slight projection at the top on one side instead of a head, or occasionally with a small domed head, similar to that of an escutcheon pin.
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To fasten with brads.
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Origin of brad

  • Middle English from Old Norse broddr spike
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Late Middle English, variant of brod(d), from Old Norse broddr ‘spike, shaft’, from Proto-Germanic *bruzdaz (compare Old English brord, Old High German brort), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrusdʰos (compare Welsh brath ‘sting, prick’, Albanian bredh (“fir-tree”), Lithuanian bruzdùklis ‘bridle’, Czech brzda ‘brake’).
    From Wiktionary