verb (used without object), gadded, gadding.
to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another:
to gad about.
the act of gadding.
verb gads, gadding, gadded
(intransitive; 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 (sense 1)
verb gads, gadding, gadded
(transitive) (mining) to break up or loosen with a gad
an archaic euphemism for God by Gad!
noun (Old Testament)
a prophet and admonisher of David (I Samuel 22; II Samuel 24)
“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)).
fortune; luck. (1.) Jacob’s seventh son, by Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid, and the brother of Asher (Gen. 30:11-13; 46:16, 18). In the Authorized Version of 30:11 the words, “A troop cometh: and she called,” etc., should rather be rendered, “In fortune [R.V., ‘Fortunate’]: and she called,” etc., or “Fortune cometh,” etc. The tribe of Gad during the march through the wilderness had their place with Simeon and Reuben on the south side of the tabernacle (Num. 2:14). The tribes of Reuben and Gad continued all through their history to follow the pastoral pursuits of the patriarchs (Num. 32:1-5). The portion allotted to the tribe of Gad was on the east of Jordan, and comprehended the half of Gilead, a region of great beauty and fertility (Deut. 3:12), bounded on the east by the Arabian desert, on the west by the Jordan (Josh. 13:27), and on the north by the river Jabbok. It thus included the whole of the Jordan valley as far north as to the Sea of Galilee, where it narrowed almost to a point. This tribe was fierce and warlike; they were “strong men of might, men of war for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, their faces the faces of lions, and like roes upon the mountains for swiftness” (1 Chr. 12:8; 5:19-22). Barzillai (2 Sam. 17:27) and Elijah (1 Kings 17:1) were of this tribe. It was carried into captivity at the same time as the other tribes of the northern kingdom by Tiglath-pileser (1 Chr. 5:26), and in the time of Jeremiah (49:1) their cities were inhabited by the Ammonites. (2.) A prophet who joined David in the “hold,” and at whose advice he quitted it for the forest of Hareth (1 Chr. 29:29; 2 Chr. 29:25; 1 Sam. 22:5). Many years after we find mention made of him in connection with the punishment inflicted for numbering the people (2 Sam. 24:11-19; 1 Chr. 21:9-19). He wrote a book called the “Acts of David” (1 Chr. 29:29), and assisted in the arrangements for the musical services of the “house of God” (2 Chr. 29:25). He bore the title of “the king’s seer” (2 Sam. 24:11, 13; 1 Chr. 21:9).
- G/A dep.
Insurance. 1. general average deposit.
[gad-flahy] /ˈgædˌflaɪ/ noun, plural gadflies. 1. any of various , as a or , that bite or annoy domestic animals. 2. a person who persistently annoys or provokes others with criticism, schemes, ideas, demands, requests, etc. /ˈɡædˌflaɪ/ noun (pl) -flies 1. any of various large dipterous flies, esp the horsefly, that annoy livestock by sucking […]
[gaj-it] /ˈgædʒ ɪt/ noun 1. a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article. /ˈɡædʒɪt/ noun 1. a small mechanical device or appliance 2. any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use n. 1886, gadjet (but said to date back to 1850s), sailors’ slang word for any small […]
[gaj-i-teer] /ˌgædʒ ɪˈtɪər/ noun 1. a person who invents or is particularly fond of using . /ˌɡædʒɪˈtɪə/ noun 1. a person who delights in gadgetry