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gad1

[gad] /gæd/
verb (used without object), gadded, gadding.
1.
to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another:
to gad about.
noun
2.
the act of gadding.
Origin of gad1
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English gadden, perhaps back formation from gadeling companion in arms, fellow (in 16th century, vagabond, wanderer), Old English gædeling, derivative of gæd fellowship; see gather, -ling1
Related forms
gadder, noun
gaddingly, adverb

gad2

[gad] /gæd/
noun
1.
a goad for driving cattle.
2.
a pointed mining tool for breaking up rock, coal, etc.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English < Old Norse gaddr spike; cognate with Gothic gazds

Gad2

[gad] /gæd/
noun
1.
a son of Zilpah. Gen. 30:11.
2.
one of the twelve tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
3.
a Hebrew prophet and chronicler of the court of David. II Sam. 24:11–19.
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gad1

/ɡæd/
verb gads, gadding, gadded
1.
(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to go out in search of pleasure, esp in an aimless manner; gallivant
noun
2.
carefree adventure (esp in the phrase on or upon the gad)
Derived Forms
gadder, noun
Word Origin
C15: back formation from obsolete gadling companion, from Old English, from gæd fellowship; related to Old High German gatuling

gad2

/ɡæd/
noun
1.
(mining) a short chisel-like instrument for breaking rock or coal from the face
2.
a goad for driving cattle
3.
a western US word for spur (sense 1)
verb gads, gadding, gadded
4.
(transitive) (mining) to break up or loosen with a gad
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse gaddr spike; related to Old High German gart, Gothic gazds spike

Gad1

/ɡæd/
noun, interjection
1.
an archaic euphemism for God by Gad!

Gad2

/ɡæd/
noun (Old Testament)
1.
  1. Jacob's sixth son, whose mother was Zilpah, Leah's maid
  2. the Israelite tribe descended from him
  3. the territory of this tribe, lying to the east of the Jordan and extending southwards from the Sea of Galilee
2.
a prophet and admonisher of David (I Samuel 22; II Samuel 24)
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Word Origin and History for gads

gad

v.

"to rove about," mid-15c., perhaps a back-formation from Middle English gadeling (Old English gædeling) "kinsman, fellow, companion in arms," but which had a deteriorated sense of "rogue, vagabond" by c.1300 (it also had a meaning "wandering," but this is attested only from 16c.); or else it should be associated with gad (n.) "a goad for driving cattle." Related: Gadding.

n.

"goad, metal rod," early 13c., from Old Norse gaddr "spike, nail," from Proto-Germanic *gadaz "pointed stick" (see yard (n.2)).

gad

n.

"goad, metal rod," early 13c., from Old Norse gaddr "spike, nail," from Proto-Germanic *gadaz "pointed stick" (see yard (n.2)).

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