gad

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See also: Gad, GAD, and gàd

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Taboo deformation of God.

Interjection[edit]

gad

  1. An exclamatory interjection roughly equivalent to 'by God', 'goodness gracious', 'for goodness' sake'.
    1905 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. — Edith Wharton, House of Mirth.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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.
    • 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.
    • 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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Etymology 3[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

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 4[edit]

From Old Norse gaddr ‎(goad, spike).

Noun[edit]

gad ‎(plural gads)

  1. A sharp-pointed object; a 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 Darthur, 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. A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock, especially in mining.
    • 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fairholt to this entry?)
  6. (Britain, US, dialect) 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?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)

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Danish[edit]

Verb[edit]

gad

  1. past tense of gide

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

gad

  1. rafsi of gadri.

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *gadъ ‎(serpent)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gad m

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

Declension[edit]

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

Inanimate declension (‘poison, venom’):


Navajo[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [kɑ̀t]~[kɣɑ̀t]

Noun[edit]

gad

  1. juniper, cedar

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *gadъ

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gad m anim

  1. reptile

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

gad

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

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Noun[edit]

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

  1. withy, withe

Conjunction[edit]

gad

  1. Alternative form of ged

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *gadъ

Noun[edit]

gȁd m ‎(Cyrillic spelling га̏д)

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

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Somali[edit]

Verb[edit]

gad

  1. to buy

Torres Strait Creole[edit]

Noun[edit]

gad

  1. (eastern dialect) An immature coconut.

Usage notes[edit]

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.


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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

gad

  1. snake

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Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

gad ‎(plural gads)

  1. garden

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Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

gad

  1. Soft mutation of cad.

Mutation[edit]

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 2[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

gad

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

Mutation[edit]

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.