IPA: gˈæd


  • One who roams about idly; a gadabout.
  • (Northern England, Scotland, derogatory) A greedy and/or stupid person.
  • (especially UK, US, dialect) A goad, a sharp-pointed rod for driving cattle, horses, etc, or one with a whip or thong on the end for the same purpose.
  • (UK, US, dialect) A rod or stick, such as a fishing rod or a measuring rod.
  • (especially mining) A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock.
  • (obsolete) A metal bar.
  • (dated, metallurgy) An indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, sometimes equivalent to a bloom weighing around 100 pounds.
  • A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
  • The seventh son of Jacob, by his wife's handmaid Zilpah.
  • One of the Israelite tribes mentioned in the Torah, descended from Gad.
  • A male given name from Hebrew.
  • A surname.
  • Acronym of generalized anxiety disorder. [An anxiety disorder characterized by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry which may interfere with daily functioning.]


  • (intransitive) To move from one location to another in an apparently random and frivolous manner.
  • (of cattle) To run with the tail in the air, bent over the back, usually in an attempt to escape the warble fly.

Examples of "gad" in Sentences

  • I gadded aroung the world.
  • He was gadding around this city.
  • I love to see him gadding around.
  • Gadding aroung this city is so cool.
  • He gadded around the park like a child.
  • I like gadding and hate stuck in a room.
  • He was also called the person with the gad.
  • Gad is also common in the elderly population.
  • Gad was a seer or prophet in the Hebrew Bible.
  • It was in the tribal territorial allotment of the tribe of Gad.
  • His father saw him coming, met him with a "gad" and lashed him furiously.
  • There are several species known under various names, such as gad-fly, breeze-fly, etc.
  • Bill Rubley was putting the "gad" to the horses when a man on horseback rode up from the opposite end of the bridge.
  • _gad_ [Footnote: A gad is a tool used in mines; it resembles a smith's punch.] were put into my hands; and I thought myself a great man.
  • "Good morning," said this lordly gentleman, bringing his horse to a standstill and raising his "gad" to the brim of his hat in a graceful salute.
  • The latter paid absolutely no attention to him when he said "Get-ap," or when he applied the "gad"; she neither obeyed the command nor resented the chastisement.
  • He never spoke angrily or shouted, and his first act on entering the schoolroom was to break up the long tough hickory "gad" lying on his desk and to fling it out of the window.
  • The slow, patient, hulky oxen, how they would kink their tails, hump their backs, and throw their weight into the bows when they felt a heavy rock behind them and Father lifted up his voice and laid on the "gad"!
  • The tendency to graze cattle, which is not hard work, and to "gad" about to cattle fairs, which are esteemed the greatest diversion the country affords, is an indication of the distinct superiority of the quick-witted Celt to the dull Saxon hind.
  • This converts a vulgar, prosy "gad" into a delicate instrument, to be wielded with pride and skill, and never literally to be applied to the backs of the animals, but to be launched to right and left into the air with a professional flourish, and a sharp, ringing report.

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