Uncertain; predates the Chadless punch (see the Snopes article on this supposed origin; possibly from Sco. #Scots|chad, "river gravel", or the English slang term chat, "louse".
- uncountable Small pieces of paper punched out from the edges of continuous stationery, punched cards, paper tape etc.
#:''This card puncher creates a lot of chad.
- countable One of these pieces of paper.
2000, Barbara and David P. Mikkelson, Urban Legends Reference Pages, http://www.snopes.com/business/names/chad.asp
:The keypunch wasn't named after a Mr. Chadless; it was so named because, as expected, it punched tape while producing little or no chad.
1959, J. W. Freebody. Telegraphy.
2000, Supreme Court of the United States (per curiam). Bush v. Gore.
See ch-#Middle English|ch-.
- I had
Category:Middle English verbs