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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.]
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.]
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