gadabout

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noun gad·about \ˈga-də-ˌbau̇t\

Definition of gadabout

  1. :  a person who flits about in social activity

gadabout

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Examples of gadabout in a Sentence

  1. she was a thoughtful gadabout, always picking up souvenirs for her friends from wherever her travels took her

Did You Know?

If you had to pick the insect most closely related to a gadabout, you might wryly guess the "social butterfly." But there's another bug that's commonly heard buzzing around discussions of gadabout-the gadfly. Gadfly is a term used for any of a number of winged pests (such as horseflies) that bite or annoy livestock. Since gadflies are known for their nasty bite, it's not surprising that they are named after a sharp chisel or pointed bar used by miners to loosen rock and ore called a gad. But, although a gadabout's gossip can bite, gadfly doesn’t have any clear etymological relation to gadabout, which traces back to the Middle English verb gadden, meaning "to wander without a specific aim or purpose."

Origin and Etymology of gadabout

from the verb phrase gad about, from 2gad


First Known Use: 1808


GADABOUT Defined for English Language Learners

gadabout

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noun gad·about \ˈga-də-ˌbau̇t\

Definition of gadabout for English Language Learners

  • : a person who goes to many places and social events for pleasure


GADABOUT Defined for Kids

gadabout

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noun gad·about \ˈga-də-ˌbau̇t\

Definition of gadabout for Students

  1. :  a person who goes to many different places for enjoyment



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