gad

1
[ gad ]
/ gæd /
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verb (used without object), gad·ded, gad·ding.

to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about.

noun

the act of gadding.

Nearby words

  1. gabrilowitsch,
  2. gabrilowitsch, ossip,
  3. gabun,
  4. gaby,
  5. gabès,
  6. gadabout,
  7. gadarene,
  8. gaddafi,
  9. gaddi,
  10. gadfly

Origin of gad

1
1425–75; late Middle English gadden, perhaps back formation from gadeling companion in arms, fellow (in 16th century, vagabond, wanderer), Old English gædeling, derivative of gæd fellowship; see gather, -ling1

Related formsgad·der, noungad·ding·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for gadding

gad

1
/ (ɡæd) /

verb gads, gadding or gadded

(intr; often foll by about or around) to go out in search of pleasure, esp in an aimless manner; gallivant

noun

carefree adventure (esp in the phrase on or upon the gad)
Derived Formsgadder, noun

Word Origin for gad

C15: back formation from obsolete gadling companion, from Old English, from gæd fellowship; related to Old High German gatuling

gad

2
/ (ɡæd) /

noun

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)

verb gads, gadding or gadded

(tr) mining to break up or loosen with a gad

Word Origin for gad

C13: from Old Norse gaddr spike; related to Old High German gart, Gothic gazds spike

Gad

1
/ (ɡæd) /

noun, interjection

an archaic euphemism for God by Gad!

Gad

2
/ (ɡæd) /

noun Old Testament

  1. Jacob's sixth son, whose mother was Zilpah, Leah's maid
  2. the Israelite tribe descended from him
  3. 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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Word Origin and History for gadding
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