Definition of scads in US English:


plural noun

North American
  • A large number or quantity.

    ‘they raised scads of children’
    in singular ‘he's installed a scad of microprocessors’
    • ‘The building it was located in housed hundreds of offices with scads of workers, all in diverse fields.’
    • ‘They have distilled their research into a sophisticated program that digests scads of personal data and spits out a multiyear financial plan with annual targets for spending, saving, and insurance coverage.’
    • ‘If we had scads of dough, we could put up several hundred houses in Trenton and Camden to show people what a little square could look like.’
    • ‘They started out like a great burning thing, hitting the ball all over the park, running the bases with abandon, and scoring scads of runs.’
    • ‘From in-store cameras to data-mining the scads of info collected by loyalty-card use and beyond, retailers are depending more and more on new technology to boost sales.’
    • ‘Both films, despite scads of sexy talk, scantily clad bodies, and anatomical joking, shun actual nudity, preserving an aura of safety, if not sanctity, around the love act itself.’
    • ‘Certainly this is not because he's a millionaire studbolt adored by scads of teenage females.’
    • ‘Not only do scads of other books cover this material, but the amount of practical advice is minimal in comparison with the rest of the book.’
    • ‘Rather, the doctor dined out in London (and raised scads of money) by recounting how a charging lion shook him like a rat in its teeth - this because he'd stupidly approached the hiding beast after wounding it.’
    • ‘After scoring scads of runs in the early going against the likes of Cleveland, Detroit, and Kansas City, Minnesota's offense has come back to earth in a big way.’
    • ‘Over the next two years, the group pushed for an alternate plan, attended scads of meetings, and attempted to cajole the railroad into a neighborhood-friendly solution.’
    • ‘Remember, though, that most applications, for some time to come, will still be 32-bit in nature, so don't upgrade with the anticipation of running scads of 64-bit programs.’
    • ‘To add insult to injury, some fund groups that have lost scads of money for investors are sticking them with extra charges - because the value of their accounts has sunk below the minimum investment.’
    • ‘Some surveys have shown that 60 percent of Catholics support embryonic stem-cell research; scads of Catholics are also pro-choice.’
    • ‘The beet salad is a knockout, a big bowl filled with rustic big slices of beets, scads of toasted walnuts, plenty of blue cheese, and a unifying salad of wilted arugula.’
    • ‘Lily manages to convince them of her noble aim (which is to sell their musical heritage for piles of cash while bringing scads of curious music lovers into the solitary mountain towns).’
    • ‘In reality, scads of social science research shows victims rarely complain about harassment and, when they do, it is only after attempting less confrontational methods first.’
    • ‘This friend keeps your mojo rising because her confident demeanor attracts the company of scads of hot dudes.’
    • ‘I'm thinking, somewhat critically, it sure has been a long time since she began talking about opening this community centre to serve the scads of immigrant kids in St. Jamestown, when she pulls me out of the dank reverie.’
    • ‘Fortunately, there are scads of principled, hopelessly marginal parties and candidates for whom you can cast a purely symbolic ballot.’
    a large amount, a fair amount, a good deal, a great deal, a deal, a great quantity, quantities, an abundance, a wealth, a profusion, plenty, masses
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Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.