- to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about.
- the act of gadding.
Origin of gad1
Related Words for gaddingtraipse, gallivant, stray, mooch, range, jaunt, rove, cruise, maunder, wander, ramble
Examples from the Web for gadding
Historical Examples of gadding
I dare say they're standing supperless in their stalls while you're gadding about.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Yet, let us not forget that this is the age of the gadding mind and the grabbing hand.Women's Wild Oats
C. Gasquoine Hartley
You keep her out of harm's way and gadding, and so she never CAN be found out.Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
That comes, I suppose, from not looking after her servants and gadding about on all sorts of charities.Virginia
"Oh, I'm never too tired for gadding," replied Cecile with animation.At the Little Brown House
Ruth Alberta Brown
- (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)
"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)).