- (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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- archaic a mild oath or expression of surprise
C17: probably variant of Ah God!
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Word Origin and History for egads
1670s, I gad, a softened oath, second element God, first uncertain; perhaps it represents exclamation ah.
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