Definitions for: Gad


[n] 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"
[n] 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
[v] wander aimlessly in search of pleasure



Webster (1913) Definition: Gad, n. [OE. gad, Icel. gaddr goad, sting; akin to Sw.
gadd sting, Goth. gazds, G. gerte switch. See Yard a
measure.]
1. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead.

2. A pointed or wedge-shaped instrument of metal, as a steel
wedge used in mining, etc.

I will go get a leaf of brass, And with a gad of
steel will write these words. --Shak.

3. A sharp-pointed rod; a goad.

4. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling. --Fairholt.

5. A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel. [Obs.]

Flemish steel . . . some in bars and some in gads.
--Moxon.

6. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a
rod used to drive cattle with. [Prov. Eng. Local, U.S.]
--Halliwell. Bartlett.

Upon the gad, upon the spur of the moment; hastily. [Obs.]
``All this done upon the gad!'' --Shak.


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.

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

Synonyms: anxiety reaction, gallivant, generalized anxiety disorder, jazz around, spur

See Also: anxiety disorder, boot, cast, drift, goad, prod, ramble, range, roam, rove, rowel, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

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