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[ih-gad, ee-gad]
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  1. (used as an expletive or mild oath): Egad, I never thought of that!
Also e·gads [ih-gadz, ee-gadz] /ɪˈgædz, iˈgædz/.

Origin of egad

First recorded in 1665–75; euphemistic alteration of oh God!
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Examples from the Web for egad

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  • Egad, there is more fall than rise, and it is anything but gentle.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • This post I held until I grew out of it, when I withdrew from town, but egad!

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Fly, my sweetest, move those dainty feet of thine, for egad!

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Egad, I forget what you said to me, or whether you said anything.

  • "Egad, I scarcely fancy trusting you," said he, half peevishly.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for egad


  1. archaic a mild oath or expression of surprise

Word Origin

C17: probably variant of Ah God!
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Word Origin and History for egad

1670s, I gad, a softened oath, second element God, first uncertain; perhaps it represents exclamation ah.

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