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verb (used with object) Obsolete.
  1. to terrify or frighten.
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Origin of gast

before 1000; Middle English gasten, Old English gǣstan
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Examples from the Web for gast

Historical Examples

  • They speake broad in our countrey, and do pronounce guest, gast, etc.

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    John Aubrey

  • Tuwa com se Halga Gast ofer a apostolas; nu ǽne, and eft ore sie fter Cristes upstige.

  • Hit is gereht on yssere pistol-rdinge, hu se Halga Gast on isum dge com to am geleaffullan heape Cristes hyredes.

  • Gif se Halga Gast ne lr s mannes md wiinnan, on idel beo s bydeles word wiutan geclypode.

  • Eft, on isum dge, asende se lmihtiga Fder and se Sunu heora begra Gast to am geleaffullan heape, on ysre worulde wunigende.

Word Origin and History for gast


"animal which does not produce in season," 1729, an East Anglian dialect word, perhaps from Middle Dutch gast "barren soil."

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