- (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
Egad, I thought, has Schnittman now lost faith in the promise of a vast galactic universe of content?Don't Write Off Books
April 7, 2009
Egad, there is more fall than rise, and it is anything but gentle.'
This post I held until I grew out of it, when I withdrew from town, but egad!
Fly, my sweetest, move those dainty feet of thine, for egad!
Egad, I forget what you said to me, or whether you said anything.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
"Egad, I scarcely fancy trusting you," said he, half peevishly.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
- archaic a mild oath or expression of surprise
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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