verb (gads, gadding, gadded)[no object] • informal
- Go from place to place in the pursuit of pleasure: he had heard that I was gadding about with an airline stewardessMore example sentences
- It is very exciting, but I am here all alone whilst she gads around talking to men with beards.
- And while you're gadding about, why not visit the biblical-sounding Burning Mountain - which actually is burning, and has been for about a thousand years, ever since an underground coal seam caught fire.
- With Americans gadding around in high-riding 4WD off-roaders, Puerto Santo Tomás hardly qualifies as remote: If we could make it in our car, it isn't remotely remote.
on (or upon) the gad
- • archaic On the move: Mrs Charles’s nursery maid is alway upon the gadMore example sentences
- As Gloucester says, ‘All this done upon the gad,’ which means in the instant.
late Middle English: back-formation from obsolete gadling 'wanderer, vagabond', (earlier) 'companion', of Germanic origin.
- An expression of surprise or emphatic assertion: By gad! You look young for a doctor!More example sentences
- The host's pretentious huffiness assures you that the blindfolded lady holding the scales is not only implacable and inescapable but - by gad, sir!
- [One neighbor] expressed the disgust of the others when he remarked, ‘Well, I did play marbles when I was a kid, but by gad this is the first time I've seen men play!’
- Click on one of the ‘recent posts on PDC Bloggers’ and by gad sir, you get straight through to a perfectly respectable article in the aforementioned perfectly respectable publication.
late 15th century: euphemistic alteration of God.