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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 [syn: generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety reaction]
2 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" [syn: spur] v : wander aimlessly in search of pleasure [syn: gallivant, jazz around]

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see Gad



  • /gæd/
    Rhymes with: -æd

Etymology 1

Taboo deformation of God.


  1. An exclamatory interjection roughly equivalent to 'by God', 'goodness gracious', 'for goodness' sake'.
    1905 That's the trouble -- it was too easy for you -- you got reckless -- thought you could turn me inside out, and chuck me in the gutter like an empty purse. But, by gad, that ain't playing fair: that's dodging the rules of the game. — Edith Wharton, House of Mirth.

Etymology 2



  1. To move from one location to another in an apparently random manner; often as phrasal verb gad about.
    1852 ''"This, I suppose, is the virgin who abideth still in the house with you. She is not given, I hope, to gadding overmuch, nor to vain and foolish decorations of her person with ear-rings and finger-rings, and crisping-pins: for such are unprofitable, yea, abominable. — Alice Cary, Clovernook ....

Etymology 3

From gaddr.


  1. A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
    December 17, 1885 Twain finds his voice after a short search for it and when he impels it forward it is a good, strong, steady voice in harness until the driver becomes absent-minded, when it stops to rest, and then the gad must be used to drive it on again. — Detroit Free Press.
  2. A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock, especially in mining.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day'', Vintage 2007, p. 327:
      Frank was able to keep his eyes open long enough to check his bed with a miner's gad and douse the electric lamp
  3. A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel.
  4. An old English indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, perhaps equivalent to the bloom, perhaps weighing around 100 pounds.
    1957 Twice a day a 'gad' of iron, i.e., a bloom weighing 1 cwt. was produced, which took from six to seven hours. — H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 146.







  1. a reptile



Torres Strait Creole


  1. (eastern dialect) An immature coconut.

Usage notes

Gad or smol koknat is the third stage of coconut growth. It is preceded by giru (eastern dialect) or musu koknat (western dialect), and followed by kopespes.




Extensive Definition

Gad can refer to:
The acronym GAD may refer to:
gad in Esperanto: GAD
gad in Italian: GAD
gad in Hebrew: גד (פירושונים)
gad in Norwegian: Gad
gad in Russian: Гад

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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