- to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about.
- the act of gadding.
Origin of gad1
- a goad for driving cattle.
- a pointed mining tool for breaking up rock, coal, etc.
Origin of gad2
- (used as a mild oath.)
Origin of Gad1
- a son of Zilpah. Gen. 30:11.
- one of the twelve tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
- a Hebrew prophet and chronicler of the court of David. II Sam. 24:11–19.
Related Words for gadtraipse, gallivant, stray, mooch, range, jaunt, rove, cruise, maunder, wander, ramble
Examples from the Web for gad
Contemporary Examples of gad
GAD affects 6.8 million adults, and women are twice as likely to suffer as men.How to Overcome Anxiety, Starting Now
April 5, 2014
Gad said that the Army has announced it has footage from the scene that "shows exactly what happened, so let's wait and see."
"There was a warning from the Army that the Muslim Brotherhood would try to invade" the building, Gad says.
(Ynet) Last known gay Jewish Holocaust survivor dies - World War II resistance fighter Gad Beck dies in Berlin at 88.When the Pious Do Graffiti
June 27, 2012
Rannels and Gad were shut out of the Tony Awards, although the musical won nine.‘The Book of Mormon’ Gives Back to the Faithful
July 3, 2011
Historical Examples of gad
Then it's better to take him out back of the barn and shoot him, by Gad!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
My master and I obtain our knowledge from the same source;—though, gad!The Contrast
She itched all over, longing to break loose and gad all the time, as father Coupeau said.L'Assommoir
Do you suppose a housewife has nothing better to do than gad about?The Great Hunger
He purpled with laughing and said: ‘Gad, she’ll always have her way!The Gorgeous Girl
- (intr; often foll by about or around) to go out in search of pleasure, esp in an aimless manner; gallivant
- carefree adventure (esp in the phrase on or upon the gad)
Word Origin for gad
- mining a short chisel-like instrument for breaking rock or coal from the face
- a goad for driving cattle
- a western US word for spur (def. 1)
- (tr) mining to break up or loosen with a gad
Word Origin for gad
- an archaic euphemism for God by Gad!
- Jacob's sixth son, whose mother was Zilpah, Leah's maid
- the Israelite tribe descended from him
- the territory of this tribe, lying to the east of the Jordan and extending southwards from the Sea of Galilee
- a prophet and admonisher of David (I Samuel 22; II Samuel 24)
Word Origin and History for gad
"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.
"goad, metal rod," early 13c., from Old Norse gaddr "spike, nail," from Proto-Germanic *gadaz "pointed stick" (see yard (n.2)).