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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [gad]
    • /gæd/
    • /ɡæd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [gad]
    • /gæd/

Definitions of gad word

  • verb without object gad to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about. 1
  • noun gad a son of Zilpah. Gen. 30:11. 1
  • noun gad one of the twelve tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him. 1
  • noun gad a Hebrew prophet and chronicler of the court of David. II Sam. 24:11–19. 1
  • noun gad Go around from one place to another, in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment. 1
  • transitivephrasal verb gad wander or travel around a place 1

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Origin of gad

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English gadden, perhaps back formation from gadeling companion in arms, fellow (in 16th century, vagabond, wanderer), Old English gædeling, derivative of gæd fellowship; see gather, -ling1

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Parts of speech for Gad


gad popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

gad usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for gad

verb gad

  • traipse — to walk or go aimlessly or idly or without finding or reaching one's goal: We traipsed all over town looking for a copy of the book.
  • gallivant — to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
  • stray — to deviate from the direct course, leave the proper place, or go beyond the proper limits, especially without a fixed course or purpose; ramble: to stray from the main road.
  • mooch — to borrow (a small item or amount) without intending to return or repay it.
  • range — the extent to which or the limits between which variation is possible: the range of steel prices; a wide range of styles.

noun gad

  • wanderer — a Covenanter persecuted by Charles II and James II, especially one who fled home to follow rebellious Presbyterian ministers who refused to accept episcopacy.
  • floater — a person or thing that floats.
  • meander — to proceed by or take a winding or indirect course: The stream meandered through the valley.
  • beachcomber — A beachcomber is someone who spends their time wandering along beaches looking for things they can use.
  • rambler — a person, animal, or thing that rambles.

Antonyms for gad

verb gad

  • stay — (of a ship) to change to the other tack.

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