noun, plural gad·flies.
Examples from the Web for 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|Katie Baker|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The lantern of the night-watchman appeared at the other end of the street, and the Gadfly turned down a narrow, crooked alley.
It was an impassioned defence of Montanelli against the Gadfly's slanderous imputations.
"Your E-eminence was always f-f-famous for truthfulness," the Gadfly put in bitterly.
The Gadfly rose and walked slowly to the other end of the terrace.
The Gadfly disclaimed all knowledge of the state of feeling in Pisa, explaining that he had been there "only on a holiday."
British Dictionary definitions for gadfly
noun plural -flies
Word Origin for gadfly
Word Origin and History 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).