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[ih-gad, ee-gad] /ɪˈgæd, iˈgæd/
(used as an expletive or mild oath):
Egad, I never thought of that!
Also, egads
[ih-gadz, ee-gadz] /ɪˈgædz, iˈgædz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of egad
First recorded in 1665-75; euphemistic alteration of oh God! Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • egad, there is more fall than rise, and it is anything but gentle.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Fly, my sweetest, move those dainty feet of thine, for egad!

    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
  • 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
  • egad, I think I 'd have done it, even though I might have made a blunder.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • "egad, I've tried it for some years without discovering it," said Skeffy, gravely.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • We have only to stretch out our hands to gather it in—more than we want, egad!

  • egad, I think the interpreter is the hardest to be understood of the two!

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for egad


/ɪˈɡæd; iːˈɡæd/
(archaic) a mild oath or expression of surprise
Word Origin
C17: probably variant of Ah God!
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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