chad (n.1)

also Mr. Chad, simple graffiti drawing of a head peering over a fence or wall, with the caption, "Wot, no ______?" (the U.S. version usually had "Kilroy was here"), 1945, British, of unknown origin, a reaction to war-time shortages and rationing.


African nation, former French colony (Tchad), independent since 1960, named for Lake Chad, which is from a local word meaning "lake, large expanse of water." An ironic name for such a desert country. Related: Chadian.

chad (n.2)

"hanging flap or piece after a hole is punched in paper," a word unknown to most people until the 2000 U.S. presidential election (when the outcome hinged on partially punched paper ballots in some Florida counties), attested by 1930, of unknown origin. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that the word is identical to an English dialectal variant of chat, meaning "a dry twig; dry fragments among food."

Definitions of chad
chad (n.)
a small piece of paper that is supposed to be removed when a hole is punched in a card or paper tape;
Chad (n.)
a lake in north central Africa; fed by the Shari river;
Synonyms: Lake Chad
Chad (n.)
a landlocked desert republic in north-central Africa; was under French control until 1960;
Synonyms: Republic of Chad / Tchad
Chad (n.)
a family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa;
Synonyms: Chadic / Chadic language