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[ih-gad, ee-gad] /ɪˈgæd, iˈgæd/
(used as an expletive or mild oath):
Egad, I never thought of that!
Also, egads
[ih-gadz, ee-gadz] /ɪˈgædz, iˈgædz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of egad
1665-75; euphemistic alteration of oh God! Unabridged
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Examples from the web for egad
  • egad, his system might actually become a revolution, sinking millions of careers of dinosaurs.
  • egad, ma'am he has a pretty wit, and is a pretty poet too.
  • egad, the gadabouts have been at it again-expanding their social horizons.
British Dictionary definitions for egad


/ɪˈɡæd; iːˈɡæd/
(archaic) a mild oath or expression of surprise
Word Origin
C17: probably variant of Ah God!
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Word Origin and History for egad

1670s, I gad, a softened oath, second element God, first uncertain; perhaps it represents exclamation ah.

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