Main definitions of gad in English

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Gad1

proper noun

  • 1(in the Bible) a Hebrew patriarch, son of Jacob and Zilpah (Gen. 30:9–11)

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

Pronunciation:

Gad

/ɡad/

Main definitions of gad in English

: Gad1Gad2

Gad2

exclamation

  • Used to express dismay or surprise.

Origin

Late 15th century: euphemistic alteration of God.

Pronunciation:

Gad

/ɡad/

Main definitions of gad in English

: Gad1Gad2

gad

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Go around from one place to another, in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.

    ‘help out around the house and not be gadding about the countryside’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There, she gadded about in the snow in a pricey fur coat and cat's eye glasses, even as Ah Ma tut-tutted.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is very exciting, but I am here all alone whilst she gads around talking to men with beards.’
    • ‘They developed modern mathematics, glorious architecture and navigated the world when St Patrick was gadding about in a leather coracle.’
    • ‘Now Cleo gads about the castle but Francie slows down.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Europe, Anderson gadded about the Mediterranean in his steam-powered yacht.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After her difficult pregnancy she thought it odd that I was gadding about catching international planes so late into my own.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    gallivant, jaunt around, flit around, run around, travel around
    wander, rove, ramble, traipse, meander, stray
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

gad

/ɡad/