gad

gad

1 [gad]
verb (used without object), gadded, gadding.
1.
to move restlessly or aimlessly from one place to another: to gad about.
noun
2.
the act of gadding.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English gadden, perhaps back formation from gadeling companion in arms, fellow (in 16th century, vagabond, wanderer), Old English gædeling, derivative of gæd fellowship; see gather, -ling1

gadder, noun
gaddingly, adverb
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gad

2 [gad]
noun
1.
a goad for driving cattle.
2.
a pointed mining tool for breaking up rock, coal, etc.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse gaddr spike; cognate with Gothic gazds

Gad

[gad]
interjection
(used as a mild oath.)
Also, gad.


Origin:
1600–10; euphemism for God

Gad

[gad]
noun
1.
a son of Zilpah. Gen. 30:11.
2.
one of the twelve tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
3.
a hebrew prophet and chronicler of the court of David. II Sam. 24:11–19.
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gad1 (ɡæd)
 
vb , gads, gadding, gadded
1.  (intr; often foll by about or around) to go out in search of pleasure, esp in an aimless manner; gallivant
 
n
2.  carefree adventure (esp in the phrase onorupon the gad)
 
[C15: back formation from obsolete gadling companion, from Old English, from gæd fellowship; related to Old High German gatuling]
 
'gadder1
 
n

gad2 (ɡæd)
 
n
1.  mining a short chisel-like instrument for breaking rock or coal from the face
2.  a goad for driving cattle
3.  a western US word for spur
 
vb , gads, gadding, gadded
4.  (tr) mining to break up or loosen with a gad
 
[C13: from Old Norse gaddr spike; related to Old High German gart, Gothic gazds spike]

Gad1 (ɡæd)
 
n, —interj
an archaic euphemism for God : by Gad!

Gad2 (ɡæd)
 
n
1.  a.  Jacob's sixth son, whose mother was Zilpah, Leah's maid
 b.  the Israelite tribe descended from him
 c.  the territory of this tribe, lying to the east of the Jordan and extending southwards from the Sea of Galilee
2.  a prophet and admonisher of David (I Samuel 22; II Samuel 24)

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Word Origin & History

gad
"to rove about," mid-15c., perhaps a back-formation of O.E. gædeling "wandering," or associated with gad (n.) "a goad for driving cattle" (see gadfly). Related: Gadding.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
GAD
glutamate decarboxylase
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Gad definition


fortune; luck. (1.) Jacob's seventh son, by Zilpah, Leah's handmaid, and the brother of Asher (Gen. 30:11-13; 46:16, 18). In the Authorized Version of 30:11 the words, "A troop cometh: and she called," etc., should rather be rendered, "In fortune [R.V., 'Fortunate']: and she called," etc., or "Fortune cometh," etc. The tribe of Gad during the march through the wilderness had their place with Simeon and Reuben on the south side of the tabernacle (Num. 2:14). The tribes of Reuben and Gad continued all through their history to follow the pastoral pursuits of the patriarchs (Num. 32:1-5). The portion allotted to the tribe of Gad was on the east of Jordan, and comprehended the half of Gilead, a region of great beauty and fertility (Deut. 3:12), bounded on the east by the Arabian desert, on the west by the Jordan (Josh. 13:27), and on the north by the river Jabbok. It thus included the whole of the Jordan valley as far north as to the Sea of Galilee, where it narrowed almost to a point. This tribe was fierce and warlike; they were "strong men of might, men of war for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, their faces the faces of lions, and like roes upon the mountains for swiftness" (1 Chr. 12:8; 5:19-22). Barzillai (2 Sam. 17:27) and Elijah (1 Kings 17:1) were of this tribe. It was carried into captivity at the same time as the other tribes of the northern kingdom by Tiglath-pileser (1 Chr. 5:26), and in the time of Jeremiah (49:1) their cities were inhabited by the Ammonites. (2.) A prophet who joined David in the "hold," and at whose advice he quitted it for the forest of Hareth (1 Chr. 29:29; 2 Chr. 29:25; 1 Sam. 22:5). Many years after we find mention made of him in connection with the punishment inflicted for numbering the people (2 Sam. 24:11-19; 1 Chr. 21:9-19). He wrote a book called the "Acts of David" (1 Chr. 29:29), and assisted in the arrangements for the musical services of the "house of God" (2 Chr. 29:25). He bore the title of "the king's seer" (2 Sam. 24:11, 13; 1 Chr. 21:9).

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