to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about.
the act of gadding.
- gadder, noun
- gad·ding·ly, adverb
Other definitions for gad (2 of 4)
a goad for driving cattle.
a pointed mining tool for breaking up rock, coal, etc.
Other definitions for Gad (3 of 4)
(used as a mild oath.)
Other definitions for Gad (4 of 4)
a son of Zilpah. Genesis 30:11.
one of the twelve tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
a Hebrew prophet and chronicler of the court of David. 2 Samuel 24:11–19.
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How to use gad in a sentence
“Oh, we know you are always gadding over here,” said Sally, laughing.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
I dare say Daddy has heaps of extra things on his hands because of all the time he spent gadding with us in Europe.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
I wonder if Del is still gadding about looking for the fellow who smashed the wireless instrument?Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends | Stanley R. Matthews
Women are always gadding about, just to show off their bonnets, or to look at other people's.Littlebourne Lock | F. Bayford Harrison
"It's quite enough to have one of you gadding out and filling my hands with your work," growled cook.For John's Sake | Annie Frances Perram
British Dictionary definitions for gad (1 of 4)
(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)
- gadder, noun
British Dictionary definitions for gad (2 of 4)
mining a short chisel-like instrument for breaking rock or coal from the face
a goad for driving cattle
(tr) mining to break up or loosen with a gad
British Dictionary definitions for Gad (3 of 4)
an archaic euphemism for God by Gad!
British Dictionary definitions for Gad (4 of 4)
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)
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