noun, plural gad·flies.
Origin of gadfly
Related Words for gadflymotivator, annoyance, irritant, pest, prod, spur, excitant, energizer, mover, stimulator
Examples from the Web for gadfly
Contemporary Examples of gadfly
I asked Child whether he felt a bond with me, based on the picture for my debut novel, The Year of the Gadfly.
But when I said that Gadfly included vicious bullying and teen suicide, he changed tack.
If one goes by the gadfly nature of the Internet cycle these days, the Wells-Fieri fight will likely be brief.Guy Fieri Battles Scathing New York Times Review by Pete Wells
November 16, 2012
Her debut novel, The Year of the Gadfly, will be published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt in May.Great Weekend Reads: 4 New Novels, November 13, 2011
Susan Salter Reynolds, Christopher Byrd, John Wilwol, Jennifer Miller
November 13, 2011
Historical Examples of gadfly
His efforts can only be compared with those of a gadfly or a mosquito.The Civilization Of China
Herbert A. Giles
The gadfly uses a like forethought in selecting a place for her eggs.The Dawn of Reason
Some gadfly stings him: he seizes his tomahawk and is off on the trail.Obiter Dicta
She understood that he had invented a pretext in order to leave her alone with the Gadfly.
Presently he heard the Gadfly move restlessly two or three times.
noun plural -flies
Word Origin for gadfly
1620s, "fly which bites cattle," probably from gad (n.) "goad, metal rod," here in the sense of "stinger;" but the sense is entangled with gad (v.) and another early meaning of gadfly was "someone who likes to go about, often stopping here and there" (1610s). Sense of "one who irritates another" is from 1640s (equivalent of Latin oestrus).