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Originally Californian surfer slang from the 1960s.[1] Perhaps from the greeting Ho! Dad,[2] though no evidence for this derivation is known. The suggestion that it derives from South American Spanish jodido (fucked, difficult, annoying) similarly lacks evidence; also the vowel change from -did to -dad is unexplained.


hodad (plural hodads)

  1. (surfing, slang, derogatory) Someone who comes to the beach and has a surfboard, but never surfs, or that surfs poorly and annoys the local seasoned surfers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ J. E. Lighter, The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Vol. II: H–O. (1997)
  2. ^ Jonathon Green (2023), “hodad”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang