Gadded
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.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? --Jer. ii. 36. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gadded — gæd v. wander restlessly, travel about, explore …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gad — UK [ɡæd] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms gad : present tense I/you/we/they gad he/she/it gads present participle gadding past tense gadded past participle gadded old fashioned to go from place to place enjoying yourself, especially when you… …   English dictionary

  • gad — I. /gæd / (say gad) phrase (gadded, gadding) gad about (or around), to move restlessly or idly from place to place, especially in search of pleasure. {backformation from obsolete gadling companion, from Old English gœdeling} II. /gæd / (say gad)… …   Australian English dictionary

  • gad — gad1 [gad] vi. gadded, gadding [LME gadden, to hurry, ? back form. < gadeling, companion in arms < OE gædeling: for IE base see GATHER] to wander about in an idle or restless way, as in seeking amusement n. an act of gadding: chiefly in the …   English World dictionary

  • 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. Milton. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gadding — 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. Milton. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gad — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, spike, from Old Norse gaddr; akin to Old English geard rod more at yard Date: 1671 1. a chisel or pointed iron or steel bar for loosening ore or rock 2. chiefly dialect a long stick II. intransitive verb… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gad — gad1 gadder, n. gaddingly, adv. /gad/, v., gadded, gadding, n. v.i. 1. to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about. n. 2. the act of gadding. [1425 75; late ME gadden, perh. back formation from gadeling companion in… …   Universalium

  • gad — [gæd] v past tense and past participle gadded present participle gadding gad about/around phr v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably frpm gadling person who goes along with you, wanderer (11 18 centuries), from Old English gAdeling] informal to go… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gad — [[t]gæ̱d[/t]] gads, gadding, gadded VERB If you gad about, you go to a lot of different places looking for amusement or entertainment. [INFORMAL] [V about/out] Don t think you ll keep me here while you gad about. [Also V adv/prep, V] Syn:… …   English dictionary

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