spad

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See also: SPAD, spád, späd, spað, spáð, and спад

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Shortening of special adviser.

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Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

spad (plural spads)

  1. (UK politics, informal) A government adviser, often in a political or media role.
    • 1997 November 1, Hannah, Reddy; Wimbush, Angela;Linesberry, Debbie, “Abbreviations and Acronyms”, in Dr. Russell G. Swenson, editor, Defense and Intelligence Abbreviations and Acronyms[1], Washington, DC: Joint Military Intelligence College, archived from the original on March 12, 2016, page 192:
      SPAD Special Advisor
    • 2009, Ben Wright, Hidden world of the political advisers, BBC:
      A successful stint as a spad can be a crucial political apprenticeship - as many of the current crop of professional politicians including the Miliband brothers, David Cameron and George Osborne can testify - so long as they stay in the dark.
    • 2012, Avoid The Thick of It-style spad appointments, ministers told, The Guardian:
      The hit BBC sitcom satirising the inner workings of Whitehall and the so-called spads contains "more than a grain of truth", the head of the cross-party public administration select committee has warned.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

spad (plural spads)

  1. (mining) A nail one or two inches long, of iron, brass, tin, or tinner iron, with a hole through the flattened head, used to mark stations in underground surveying.

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

spad (plural spads)

  1. Clipping of spadona/spadone.
    • 1911 September, contributed by Cyphers Incubator Co., “Ostrich Farming in South Africa”, in American Poultry World, volume II, number 11, Buffalo, N.Y.: American Poultry Publishing Co., page 966:
      No. 6.—Spadonas or spads, the first wing-quills of the chick, clipped at about six months.
    • 1921 September 7, The New York Times, volume LXX, number 23,237, New York, N.Y., page 24, column 6:
      RAW OSTRICH FEATHERS / Primes, Wings, White Feminas, Spads, Etc.
    • 1924 February 12, “On Ostrich Feathers”, in The Manchester Guardian, number 24,175, page 6, column 4:
      “What d’you mean—‘feathers’,” asked the tanned young public school man who volunteered to trot me round, “spads, second-after-chicks, fancies, natals, black butts, adults, juvenals, byocks, chicks, primes, feminas, or what?” [] The first white ones we call spads. [] Two or three months after that clipping we pull out the spad quills.
    • 1959, The Standard Bank Review, The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, page 15:
      An improvement was noted in the demand for femina wings, spads and long bodies;

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Czech[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

spad m

  1. fallout

Further reading[edit]

  • spad in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • spad in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

spad

  1. imperative of spada

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Deverbal of spadać.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /spat/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -at
  • Syllabification: spad

Noun[edit]

spad m inan

  1. (printing) bleed
  2. a fallen nut or fruit
  3. (collective) fallen nuts or fruit
  4. slope, gradient

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • spad in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • spad in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Swedish spadh. Cognate with Icelandic spað and Danish spad.

Noun[edit]

spad n

  1. broth, decoction
  2. (colloquial) a body of water

Usage notes[edit]

Colloquial sense often used in the abbreviated definite singular form spat, for example hoppa i spat ("jump in the water") or trilla i spat ("fall in the water").

Declension[edit]

Declension of spad 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative spad spadet
Genitive spads spadets

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