gad

noun (1)
\ ˈgad How to pronounce gad (audio) \

Definition of gad

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a chisel or pointed iron or steel bar for loosening ore or rock
2 chiefly dialectal : a long stick

gad

verb
gadded; gadding

Definition of gad (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to be on the go without a specific aim or purpose usually used with about

Definition of gad (Entry 3 of 5)

used as a mild oath

Gad

noun (2)
\ ˈgad How to pronounce Gad (audio) \

Definition of Gad (Entry 4 of 5)

: a son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel

Definition of GAD (Entry 5 of 5)

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from gad

Noun (2)

Gadite \ ˈga-​ˌdīt How to pronounce GAD (audio) \ noun

Examples of gad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Did Nordo’s screechingly daffy ex-wife (Opal Peachey), gadding about with an imaginary Chihuahua on a leash, off him with a butcher knife? Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, 23 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gad.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of gad

Noun (1)

circa 1535, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Interjection

1608, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gad

Noun (1)

Middle English, "spike, goad, metal bar," borrowed from Old Norse gaddr "goad, spike," going back to Germanic *gazda- "stick, rod, goad" — more at yard entry 4

Verb

Middle English gadden, of obscure origin

Interjection

euphemism for God

Noun (2)

Hebrew Gādh

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About gad

Time Traveler for gad

Time Traveler

The first known use of gad was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near gad

G acid

gad

GAD

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for gad

Cite this Entry

“Gad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gad. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gad

gad

verb
\ ˈgad How to pronounce gad (audio) \
gadded; gadding

Kids Definition of gad

: to wander or roam from place to place … we went gadding along, dropping in here and there …— Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

GAD

abbreviation

Medical Definition of GAD

generalized anxiety disorder

More from Merriam-Webster on gad

Nglish: Translation of gad for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about gad

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!