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Traditional; typically used in the context of clothing, grooming, and other aspects of one's personal presentation. An item is "trad" if it either (a) was manufactured during the relevant time period, usually the 1930s through 1950s, or (b) is a modern item with design aspects inherited from or complementary with that time period.
That Brooks Brothers sack blazer is very trad!
by tradly August 12, 2008
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Adjective used by rock climbers to describe a technique of self-protection or a particular climb which does not involve the use of bolts.
I have never climbed a bolted route. I am strictly a trad climber.
by Rock-man-enough April 09, 2004
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trad is short for traditional, a way of saying somthing is particularly cool or hip. similar to rad.
Check out that caddy, those are some trad wheels
by jakarta December 08, 2004
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A skinhead who is not racist, nor vehemently anti-racist (sharp), but is apolitical and interested only in "traditional" skinhead music and culture.
trads don't care about your politics, they are just normal working class skinheads
by oioioi February 09, 2005
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An acronym for totally rockin' awesome dude. Also related to rad.
That back flip off the 20-foot high wall was trad
by Chesa Sampson March 26, 2008
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Damn homie, did you see that chick laying down those "trad" ass fiddle beats in the club jawndy? Robert Boyle would be proud..."
by BigDawgShapins June 10, 2016
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Another word for retard or tard. First used when accidentaly misspelling tard over instant messaging but now used as a replacement for the word. Anyone who is called a trad can be though of as a retard's retard.
Guy: Nice Job getting us in detention for trying to sneak into the Science teacher's test cabinet.. trad!

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Guy: I invited Matt over but he said he had to "study". What a trad!
by portmanteauer August 21, 2011
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