Share this entry

gadfly
American English: /ˈɡædˌflaɪ/
British English: /ˈɡadflʌɪ/

Translation of gadfly in Spanish:

noun plural -flies

  • 1.1 (Zoology)
    Example sentences
    • Later, Hera sent the notorious gadfly to continuously bite and irritate Io.
    • She was tormented by a furious little gadfly that bit her mercilessly, though she flicked her tail this way and that.
    • Zeus had once tried to seduce the lovely Io, but Hera, his jealous wife, had discovered her husband's intentions and turned poor Io into a cow, left to wander about the earth, constantly pursued and tormented by a pestilent gadfly.
    1.2 (person)
    criticón, (-cona) (masculine, feminine) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • But he admits he is curious: what has the liberal gadfly done to annoy so many conservatives like him?
    • The gadfly soon became an annoyance to both the MTA and the union, creating a newsletter which aired workers' grievances but criticised alleged union inaction.
    • I have always considered him sort of a Socratic gadfly.

Definition of gadfly in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day whippersnapper
    Pronunciation: ˈ(h)wipərˌsnapər
    noun
    a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...
    Cultural fact of the day

    ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) is one of the stages of secondary education established in Spain by the LOE - Ley Orgánica de Educación (2006). It begins at twelve years of age and ends at sixteen, the age at which compulsory education ends. The old division between a technical and an academic education is not as marked in ESO, as all secondary pupils receive basic professional training.