Main definitions of gad in English

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gad1

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Go from place to place in the pursuit of pleasure.

    ‘he had heard that I was gadding about with an airline stewardess’
    • ‘Later he gadded about Europe until the revolutionary storm struck in Russia, carrying him away to the Ukraine where he ended up in the post of representative of the Soviet People's Commissariat.’
    • ‘They developed modern mathematics, glorious architecture and navigated the world when St Patrick was gadding about in a leather coracle.’
    • ‘It is very exciting, but I am here all alone whilst she gads around talking to men with beards.’
    • ‘If the woman has not been careful but has gadded about, neglecting her house and belittling her husband, they shall throw that woman into the water.’
    • ‘With Americans gadding around in high-riding 4WD off-roaders, Puerto Santo Tomás hardly qualifies as remote: If we could make it in our car, it isn't remotely remote.’
    • ‘There, she gadded about in the snow in a pricey fur coat and cat's eye glasses, even as Ah Ma tut-tutted.’
    • ‘I will be circumnavigating the Globe in January and early February doing some research for a book and also, if truth be known, gadding about.’
    • ‘He was holed up in Israel making a documentary about the siege of Bethlehem, and there's me on the front pages, gadding about town with someone else's fella.’
    • ‘They complain that the MP ought to be looking after the drains and other local problems of his east London constituents rather than gadding about on the box.’
    • ‘After her difficult pregnancy she thought it odd that I was gadding about catching international planes so late into my own.’
    • ‘Now Cleo gads about the castle but Francie slows down.’
    • ‘While our Prime Minister is gadding around the globe, the British railway system is near breakdown with 1970s-style strikes crippling many routes and disrupting commuters.’
    • ‘Take the classic image of a sports car driver, who is endlessly depicted in films and advertisements as some bright young thing glamorously gadding about with breeze-raked hair.’
    • ‘Although Geminian influences still have you gadding all about like trout, this week also offers in-there as well as out-there experiences.’
    • ‘Then we could give whichever Cheeky Girl he's gadding about with to James and watch the sparks fly…’
    • ‘In Europe, Anderson gadded about the Mediterranean in his steam-powered yacht.’
    • ‘Not least of those benefits - at least from my point of view, stuck back in Nottingham while K gadded about the globe - were the enormous number of Air Miles which K clocked up, and which we eagerly converted to free flights and posh hotel rooms.’
    • ‘Our women it seems have left their homes on some pretence of Bacchic worship, and are now gadding about on the wooded mountain slopes, dancing in honour of this upstart god, Dionysus’
    • ‘And while you're gadding about, why not visit the biblical-sounding Burning Mountain - which actually is burning, and has been for about a thousand years, ever since an underground coal seam caught fire.’
    • ‘Choosing the hottest weekend of the year to go gadding about in a tin metal box (aka car without air-conditioning up and down the nation's motorway system) probably wasn't our greatest idea ever.’
    gallivant, jaunt around, flit around, run around, travel around
    wander, rove, ramble, traipse, meander, stray
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Phrases

  • on (or upon) the gad

    • archaic On the move.

      ‘Mrs Charles's nursery maid is alway upon the gad’
      • ‘As Gloucester says, ‘All this done upon the gad,’ which means in the instant.’

Origin

Late Middle English: back-formation from obsolete gadling ‘wanderer, vagabond’, (earlier) ‘companion’, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

gad

/ɡad/

Main definitions of gad in English

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gad2

exclamation

Archaic
  • An expression of surprise or emphatic assertion.

    ‘By gad! You look young for a doctor!’
    • ‘The host's pretentious huffiness assures you that the blindfolded lady holding the scales is not only implacable and inescapable but - by gad, sir!’
    • ‘Click on one of the ‘recent posts on PDC Bloggers’ and by gad sir, you get straight through to a perfectly respectable article in the aforementioned perfectly respectable publication.’
    • ‘[One neighbor] expressed the disgust of the others when he remarked, ‘Well, I did play marbles when I was a kid, but by gad this is the first time I've seen men play!’’

Origin

Late 15th century: euphemistic alteration of God.

Pronunciation:

gad

/ɡad/

Main definitions of gad in English

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Gad

proper noun

  • 1(in the Bible) a Hebrew patriarch, son of Jacob and Zilpah.

    1. 1.1The tribe of Israel traditionally descended from Gad.

Pronunciation:

Gad

/ɡad/