Pronunciation Interjection
  1. ngd An exclamatory interjection roughly equivalent to by God, goodness gracious, for goodness' sake.

gad (gads, present participle gadding; past and past participle gadded)

  1. (intransitive) To move from one location to another in an apparently random and frivolous manner.
    Synonyms: gallivant
    • 1852, Alice Cary, [ Clovernook ....]
      This, I suppose, is the virgin who abideth still in the house with you. She is not given, I hope, to gadding overmuch, nor to vain and foolish decorations of her person with ear-rings and finger-rings, and crisping-pins: for such are unprofitable, yea, abominable.
    • 1903, Howard Pyle, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, Part III, Chapter Fourth, page 123
      So when he saw King Arthur he said: "Thou knave! Wherefore didst thou quit thy work to go a-gadding?"
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 19,
      But there is no telling the sacrament, seldom if in any case revealed to the gadding world, wherever under circumstances at all akin to those here attempted to be set forth, two of great Nature's nobler order embrace.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XIII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
      If you are on the board of governors of a school and have contracted to supply an orator for the great day of the year, you can be forgiven for feeling a trifle jumpy when you learn that the silver-tongued one has gadded off to the metropolis, leaving no word as to when he will be returning, if ever.
  • Russian: слоня́ться

gad (plural gads)

  1. One who roams about idly; a gadabout.

gad (plural gads)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland, derogatory) A greedy and/or stupid person.
    • He's a perfect gad for silver.
    • Ye greedy ged, ye have taken the very breath out o' me.
    Get over here, ye good-for-nothing gadǃ

gad (plural gads)

  1. A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
    Synonyms: goad
    • 1885, Detroit Free Press. ↗, December 17
      Twain finds his voice after a short search for it and when he impels it forward it is a good, strong, steady voice in harness until the driver becomes absent-minded, when it stops to rest, and then the gad must be used to drive it on again.
  2. (obsolete) A metal bar.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Book XV:
      they sette uppon hym and drew oute their swerdys to have slayne hym – but there wolde no swerde byghte on hym more than uppon a gadde of steele, for the Hyghe Lorde which he served, He hym preserved.
    • Flemish steel […] some in bars and some in gads.
  3. (especially, mining) A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock.
    • c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      I will go get a leaf of brass, / And with a gad of steel will write these words.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 327:
      Frank was able to keep his eyes open long enough to check his bed with a miner's gad and douse the electric lamp
  4. (dated, metallurgy) An indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, perhaps equivalent to the bloom, perhaps weighing around 100 pounds.
    • 1957, H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 146.
      Twice a day a 'gad' of iron, i.e., a bloom weighing 1 cwt. was produced, which took from six to seven hours.
  5. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
    Synonyms: gadling, spike
  6. (UK, US, dialect) A rod or stick, such as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.

  • (GA) IPA: /ɡæd/
Proper noun
  1. The seventh son of Jacob, by his wife's handmaid Zilpah.
  2. One of the Israelite tribes mentioned in the Torah, descended from Gad.
  3. A male given name
  4. Surname
  • Russian: Гад
  • Spanish: Gad



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