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egad

[ ih-gad, ee-gad ]
/ ɪˈgæd, iˈgæd /
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interjection

(used as an expletive or mild oath): Egad, I never thought of that!

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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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egad
/ (ɪˈɡæd, iːˈɡæd) /

interjection

archaic a mild oath or expression of surprise

Word Origin for egad

C17: probably variant of Ah God!
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