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Gad (verb)

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To Gad. v.n. [Derived by Skinner from gadfly; by Junius from gadaw, Welsh, to forsake.] To ramble about without any settled purpose; to rove loosely and idly.

How now, my headstrong, where have you been gadding?
— Where I have learnt me to repent.
Shakes. Rom. and Jul.

Give the water no passage, neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad. Ecclus. xxv. 25.

The lesser devils arose with ghastly rore,
And thronged forth about the world to gad;
Each land they fill'd, river, stream and shore.
Fairfax, b. iv.

Envy is a gadding passion, and walketh the streets, and doth not keep home. Bacon, Essay 9.

Gad not abroad at ev'ry quest and call
Of an untrained hope or passion;
To court each place or fortune that doth fall,
Is wantonness in contemplation.

Thee, shepherd, thee the woods and desart caves,
With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'ergrown,
And all their echo's moan.

A fierce loud buzzing breeze; their stings draw blood,
And drive the cattle gadding through the wood.
Dryd. Virg.

She wreaks her anger on her rival's head;
With furies frights her from her native home,
And drives her gadding, round the world to roam.

            Gull 'em with freedom,
And you shall see 'em toss their tails, and gad
As if the breeze had stung them.
Dryd. and Lee's Oedipus.

There's an ox lost, and this coxcomb runs a gadding after wild fowl. L'Estrange.

No wonder their thoughts should be perpetually shifting from what disgusts them, and seek better entertainment in more pleasing objects, after which they will unavoidably be gadding. Locke.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Ecclesiasticus (27) · Fairfax, Edward (30) · Herbert, George (10) · Junius, Francis (23) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Lee, Nathaniel (6) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Skinner, Stephen (55)

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