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Definition of GAD

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Gad \Gad\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gadded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gadding}.] [Prob. fr. gad, n., and orig. meaning to drive about.] To walk about; to rove or go about, without purpose; hence, to run wild; to be uncontrolled. "The gadding vine."
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           Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way?
                                                    --Jer. ii. 36. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Gad \Gad\, n. [OE. gad, Icel. gaddr goad, sting; akin to Sw. gadd sting, Goth. gazds, G. gerte switch. See {Yard} a measure.]
     1. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead.
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     2. A pointed or wedge-shaped instrument of metal, as a steel wedge used in mining, etc. [1913 Webster]

              I will go get a leaf of brass,
              And with a gad of steel will write these words.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. A sharp-pointed rod; a goad.
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     4. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling. --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]

     5. A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              Flemish steel . . . some in bars and some in gads.
                                                    --Moxon. [1913 Webster]

     6. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with. [Prov. Eng. Local, U.S.]
        --Halliwell. Bartlett.
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     {Upon the gad}, upon the spur of the moment; hastily. [Obs.]
        "All this done upon the gad!" --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

84 Moby Thesaurus words for "gad":
     Ahasuerus, Ancient Mariner, Argonaut, Flying Dutchman, Goliard, Odysseus, Oisin, Ossian, Ulysses, bat, bat around, bird of passage, bum, count ties, divagate, drift, drifter, flit, floater, gad about, gadabout, gadfly, gallivant, go about, go the rounds, go-about, goad, hit the road, hit the trail, hobo, itinerant, jaunt, knock about, knock around, lash, maunder, meander, mooch, mover, nomadize, oxgoad, peregrinate, peregrinator, peregrine, pererrate, peripatetic, prick, prod, prowl, ramble, rambler, range, roam, roamer, rolling stone, rove, rover, rowel, run about, run around, runabout, saunter, spur, sting, straggle, straggler, stray, stroll, stroller, strolling player, traipse, tramp, troubadour, vagabond, vagabondize, visitant, walk the tracks, wander, wanderer, wandering minstrel, wandering scholar, wayfare, whip, whiplash

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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