[ih-gad, ee-gad]


(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! Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for egads

exclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey, huh

British Dictionary definitions for egads



archaic a mild oath or expression of surprise

Word Origin for egad

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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