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In the Bible, a son of Jacob and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
Used to express surprise or dismay.
[Alteration of God.]
intr.v. gad·ded, gad·ding, gads
To move about restlessly or with little purpose, especially in search of pleasure or amusement. See Synonyms at wander.
[Middle English gadden, to hurry.]
1. A pointed tool, such as a spike or chisel, used for breaking rock or ore.
2. Archaic A goad, as for prodding cattle.
tr.v. gad·ded, gad·ding, gads
To break up (ore, for example) with a gad.
[Middle English, from Old Norse gaddr.]
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vb, gads, gadding or gadded
(intr; 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)
[C15: back formation from obsolete gadling companion, from Old English, from gæd fellowship; related to Old High German gatuling]
1. (Mining & Quarrying) mining a short chisel-like instrument for breaking rock or coal from the face
2. a goad for driving cattle
3. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a western US word for spur1
vb, gads, gadding or gadded
(Mining & Quarrying) (tr) mining to break up or loosen with a gad
[C13: from Old Norse gaddr spike; related to Old High German gart, Gothic gazds spike]
an archaic euphemism for God: by Gad!.
a. Jacob's sixth son, whose mother was Zilpah, Leah's maid
b. the Israelite tribe descended from him
c. the territory of this tribe, lying to the east of the Jordan and extending southwards from the Sea of Galilee
2. (Bible) a prophet and admonisher of David (I Samuel 22; II Samuel 24)
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v.i. gad•ded, gad•ding. a
to move aimlessly from one place to another in search of pleasure or amusement: to gad about.
[1425–75; late Middle English]
1. a goad for driving cattle.
2. a pointed mining tool for breaking up rock, coal, etc.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gaddr spike]
(used as a mild oath.)
[1600–10; euphemism for God]
1. a son of Jacob and Zilpah. Gen. 30:11.
2. one of the twelve tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
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Past participle: gadded
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|Noun||1.||GAD - an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free-floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling or lightheadedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months|
anxiety disorder - a cover term for a variety of mental disorders in which severe anxiety is a salient symptom
|2.||gad - a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward; "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"|
boot - footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
rowel - a small spiked wheel at the end of a spur
|Verb||1.||gad - wander aimlessly in search of pleasure|
rove, stray, roam, vagabond, wander, swan, ramble, range, drift, tramp, cast, roll - move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"
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verb (usually with about or around) gallivant, wander, roam, run around, ramble, rove, range, go walkabout (Austral.), stravaig (Scot. & Northern English dialect) Don't think I'll just wait here for you while you gad about.
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يَتَجَوَّل دون هَدَف
eğlence peşinde koşmak
gad1 [gæd] VI to gad about → callejear, salir de picos pardos
gad2 (o.f.) [gæd] EXCL (also by gad) → ¡cáspita!
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interj (by) gad! (old) → bei Gott! (old)
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gad(gӕd) – past tense, past participle ˈgadded: gad about/around verb
to go around to one place after another (usually in order to amuse oneself). She's forever gadding about now that the children are at school. rond flenter يَتَجَوَّل دون هَدَف търся развлечения passear, zanzar, vaguear potulovat se sich herumtreiben føjte; farte σουρτουκεύω callejear, ir de picos pardos, corretear, pendonear mööda meelelahutuskohti käima ول گشتن؛ پرسه زدن hurvitella vadrouiller לְשׁוֹטֵט וּלַחֵּפש תַּעֲנוּגוֹת इधर उधर फिरना skitati se csavarog keluyuran slæpast, flækjast bighellonare ぶらつく 어슬렁거리다 bastytis, šlaistytis slaistīties; klaiņot apkārt berjalan-jalan rondzwervenfarte omkring szwendać się بې هدفه يوه خوا بله خوا ګرزېدل، بې ځايه ګرزېدل passear/zanzar, flanear, vaguear a hoinări шляться potulovať sa pohajkovati švrljati stryka (driva) omkring การเที่ยวเตร็ดเตร่ไปวัน ๆ eğlence peşinde koşmak 遊蕩 вештатися, тинятися مٹر گشتی کرنا đi lang thang 游荡
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