gadling

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gadling (companion in arms; man, fellow; a person of low birth; rascal, scoundrel; bastard; base, lowborn), from Old English geaduling, gædeling (kinsman, fellow, companion in arms, comrade), from Proto-Germanic *gadulingaz, *gadilingaz (relative, kinsman), equivalent to gad +‎ -ling. Related to Old English gāda (comrade, companion).

Noun[edit]

gadling (plural gadlings)

  1. roving vagabond; one who roams
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Rom. of R to this entry?)
    • 1947, Thomas Bertram Costain, The Moneyman[1], edition digitized, Doubleday, published 2006, page 57:
      I'm delighted to see you. You're as brown, my gadling, as though you had returned from another journey to the East with Jean de Village.
  2. A man of humble condition; a fellow; a low fellow; lowborn; originally comrade or companion, in a good sense, but later used in reproach
    • 1906, Rudyard Kipling, Puck of Pook's Hill[2], edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008, page 96:
      “Pest on him!” said De Aquila. “I have more to do than to shiver in the Great Hall for every gadling the King sends. Left he no word?”
  3. A spike on a gauntlet; a gad.

References[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia