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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Taboo deformation of God.

InterjectionEdit

gad

  1. An exclamatory interjection roughly equivalent to by God, goodness gracious, for goodness' sake.
    • 1905, Edith Wharton, chapter 13, in The House of Mirth:
      That's the trouble -- it was too easy for you -- you got reckless -- thought you could turn me inside out, and chuck me in the gutter like an empty purse. But, by gad, that ain't playing fair: that's dodging the rules of the game.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English gadden (to hurry, to rush about).

VerbEdit

gad (third-person singular simple present gads, present participle gadding, simple past and past participle gadded)

  1. (intransitive) To move from one location to another in an apparently random and frivolous manner.
    Synonym: 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, [1]
      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.
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NounEdit

gad (plural gads)

  1. One who roams about idly; a gadabout.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English gade (a fool, rascal, scoundrel; bastard), from Old English gāda (fellow, companion, comrade, associate). Cognate with Dutch gade (spouse), German Gatte (male spouse, husband). See also gadling.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

gad (plural gads)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland, derogatory) A greedy and/or stupid person.
    • Jamieson, John (1825)
      He's a perfect gad for silver.
    • Gordon, George (1913)
      Ye greedy ged, ye have taken the very breath out o' me.
    Get over here, ye good-for-nothing gadǃ

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Etymology 4Edit

From Middle English gad, gadde, borrowed from Old Norse gaddr (goad, spike), from Proto-Germanic *gazdaz (spike, rod, stake).

NounEdit

gad (plural gads)

  1. A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
    Synonym: 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.
    • Moxon
      Flemish steel [] some in bars and some in gads.
  3. (especially mining) A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock.
    • Shakespeare
      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
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  6. (Britain, US, dialectal) A rod or stick, such as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
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DanishEdit

VerbEdit

gad

  1. past tense of gide

IrishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Irish gat.

NounEdit

gad m (genitive singular gaid, nominative plural gaid)

  1. withe
  2. string, rope, band
  3. Obsolete spelling of goid
  4. Obsolete spelling of cad
DeclensionEdit
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Irish gataid (takes away, removes, pulls or snatches away; takes away (something from someone), deprives of; of carrying off booty; takes away the expectation, hope of (something, an event); steals).

VerbEdit

gad (present analytic gadann, future analytic gadfaidh, verbal noun gad, past participle gadta)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, literary) take away, remove; snatch, carry off
  2. Alternative form of goid
ConjugationEdit

MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
gad ghad ngad
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further readingEdit


Lower SorbianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *gadъ (serpent)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gad m

  1. (archaic) venomous snake, viper, adder
  2. poison, venom

DeclensionEdit

Animate declension (‘venomous snake, viper, adder’):

Inanimate declension (‘poison, venom’):


NavajoEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kàt/, [kàt], [kɣàt]

NounEdit

gad

  1. juniper, cedar (especially Juniperus deppeana)

PolishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *gadъ

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡat/
  • (file)

NounEdit

gad m anim

  1. reptile (cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia)
  2. (Cieszyn Silesia, Upper Silesia, Bukovina) snake (reptile of the suborder Serpentes)

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

gad m pers

  1. scoundrel (villain)

DeclensionEdit

Further readingEdit

  • gad in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • gad in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Scottish GaelicEdit

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

gad

  1. you (informal singular, direct object)
    Bruidhinn nas labhaire, chan eil mi gad chluinntinn ceart.Speak louder, I don't hear you well.

Usage notesEdit

Related termsEdit

NounEdit

gad m (genitive singular gaid, plural gaid or gadan)

  1. withy, withe

ConjunctionEdit

gad

  1. Alternative form of ged

MutationEdit

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
gad ghad
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *gadъ

NounEdit

gȁd m (Cyrillic spelling га̏д)

  1. a repulsive person
  2. scoundrel
  3. cad
  4. asshole
  5. snake; lizard

DeclensionEdit


SomaliEdit

VerbEdit

gad

  1. to buy

Torres Strait CreoleEdit

NounEdit

gad

  1. (eastern dialect) an immature coconut

Usage notesEdit

Gad or smol koknat is the third stage of coconut growth. It is preceded by giru (eastern dialect) or musu koknat (western dialect), and followed by kopespes.


VepsEdit

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NounEdit

gad

  1. snake

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VolapükEdit

WelshEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

gad

  1. Soft mutation of cad.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
cad gad nghad chad
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Etymology 2Edit

Alternative formsEdit

VerbEdit

gad

  1. (literary) second-person singular imperative of gadael

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
gad ad ngad unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Western ApacheEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gad

  1. cedar or juniper tree, especially Juniperus deppeana.

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