• An exclamatory interjection roughly equivalent to 'by God', 'goodness gracious', 'for goodness' sake'.

    "1905 That's the trouble -- it was too easy for you -- you got reckless -- thought you could turn me inside out, and chuck me in the gutter like an empty purse. But, by gad, that ain't playing fair: that's dodging the rules of the game. — Edith Wharton, House of Mirth."


  • A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock, especially in mining.
  • (Britain, US, dialect) A rod or stick, such as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.
  • (obsolete) A metal bar.
  • A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
  • A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
  • (dated, metallurgy) An indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, perhaps equivalent to the bloom, perhaps weighing around 100 pounds.


  • (intransitive) To move from one location to another in an apparently random and frivolous manner.

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