Last modified on 17 June 2013, at 01:52

bedad

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From by dad, euphemistic form of by God

InterjectionEdit

bedad

  1. (dated, chiefly Ireland) by God
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair[1]:
      Lady O'Dowd is also so attached to it that, she says, if anything were to happen to Mick, bedad she'd come back and marry some of 'em.
    • 1867, Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn[2]:
      But as for the party, bedad, it's rotten to the core, and won't stand another session.
    • 1875, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), Sketches New and Old[3]:
      "Ah, bedad, ye can finish it yourself--it's too expansive for me!"