- to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about.
- the act of gadding.
Origin of gad1
- a goad for driving cattle.
- a pointed mining tool for breaking up rock, coal, etc.
Origin of gad2
- a son of Zilpah. Gen. 30:11.
- one of the twelve tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
- a Hebrew prophet and chronicler of the court of David. II Sam. 24:11–19.
Examples from the Web for gads
Other instances are to be found where the billets are termed delves or gads.A Complete Guide to Heraldry
Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
Although she gads about so much, she doesnt neglect her household duties.The Celebrity at Home
Ur and Arthur went at the basket and Lawn Dyarrig at twisting the gads.The Irish Fairy Book
Instead of sticking to his job, he gads about on the Prospect and plays cards.The Inspector-General
Gads fish, man, said the king, thou shalt have the place for thy downright honesty.
- (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)
- 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
- 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)
Word Origin and History for gads
"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)).