Definitions of gad

  1. an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free- floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling of light- headedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months
  2. wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
  3. 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"
  4. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead.
  5. A pointed or wedge- shaped instrument of metal, as a steel wedge used in mining, etc.
  6. A sharp- pointed rod; a goad.
  7. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
  8. A wedge- shaped billet of iron or steel.
  9. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.
  10. To walk about; to rove or go about, without purpose; hence, to run wild; to be uncontrolled.
  11. The act of going about without an object in view; as, she is always on the gad; a goad.
  12. To go about without purpose.
  13. Gadder.
  14. Gadded.
  15. Gadding.
  16. A wedge of steel: a graver: a rod or stick: in old Scotch prisons a round bar of iron crossing the condemned cell horizontally at the height of about 6 inches from the floor, and strongly built into the wall at either end. The ankles of the prisoner sentenced to death were secured within shackles which were connected, by a chain about 4 feet long, with a large iron ring which travelled on the gad.
  17. To rove about restlessly, like cattle stung by the gadfly:- pr. p. gadding; pa. p. gadded.
  18. To ramble from place to place.
  19. To roam abroad; ramble; stray.
  20. A goad or the like.
  21. A spike on the knuckle of a gauntlet; a goad; the point of a spear or arrow- head; a wedge or ingot of steel or iron; a punch of iron with a wooden handle, used by miners; a rod.
  22. To rove idly, or without any fixed purpose. Upon the gad, upon the spur of the moment.
  23. In mining, a pointed wedge of a peculiar form, used to break up the ore under ground; a graver.
  24. To ramble about without any fixed purpose, as cattle flying from the attack of the gadfly.

Usage examples for gad

  1. " Gad you are clever," remarked the Cardinal. – The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle
  2. It's wonderful, and you deserve every credit- yes, ma'am, by Gad – Caught in a Trap by John C. Hutcheson
  3. By Gad it's true! – The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki
  4. Gad don't ask what kind of women they are. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. Still, for all you've so gentle a soul, Gad you've your flock in the grandest control, Checking the crazy ones, Coaxin' onaisy ones, Liftin' the lazy ones on wid the stick. – The Charm of Ireland by Burton Egbert Stevenson
  6. By Gad I like your nerve! – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. " Gad if it means all that, it'll be rather creditable to me," said Algernon. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. Gad and Nathan, with whom David and Solomon took counsel, were men of this style and tone. – The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI) by Max Duncker
  9. Gad I wouldn't mind being a detective myself." – The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
  10. This large animal was a good supply for the people, who quickly divided it and continued the march, until, having crossed another stream, we left the open prairie gad entered a low forest. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  11. Gad I hope--" but he put it from him. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. Harry waved his gad – The Cross-Cut by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  13. Gad man, what a magnificent scoundrel I shall make of you!" – A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
  14. By Gad you are going to have an interesting time." – The Case and The Girl by Randall Parrish
  15. We were great home- keepers, you and I. Never seemed to want to gad about, did we? – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  16. By gad if all else failed, the bloomin' tub would turn turtle in the Pool. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  17. Gad I never knew what trouble meant until I struck Brussels. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  18. By gad I'll have another try at it- to- night. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  19. " I vow to Gad protested Mr. Falgate, advancing to the task. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  20. By gad you've come out of it splendidly. – The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle