Main definitions of spad in English

: spad1SPAD2

spad1

noun

British
informal
  • A person whose job is to give political advice to government ministers.

    ‘she went to work as a spad for the shadow security minister’

Origin

Early 21st century: short for special adviser.

Pronunciation

spad

/spad/

Main definitions of spad in English

: spad1SPAD2

SPAD2

British
  • (on a railway) signal passed at danger.

Pronunciation

SPAD

/spad/