a cheap showy trinket
* 1926 Dalmeny lent me red tabs, Evans his brass hat; so that I had the gauds of my appointment in the ceremony of the Jaffa gate, which for me was the supreme moment of the war. - T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
(obsolete) trick; jest; sport
- an idle gaud
(obsolete) deceit; fraud; artifice
(obsolete) To bedeck gaudily; to decorate with gauds or showy trinkets or colours; to paint.
- Nicely gauded cheeks. — Shakespeare.
Compare (etyl) .
To sport or keep festival.
* Sir T. North
- gauding with his familiars
Taboo deformation of (God).
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.
To move from one location to another in an apparently random and frivolous manner.
* 1852 , Alice Cary,
- This, I suppose, is the virgin who abideth still in the house with you. She is not given, I hope, to gadding overmuch, nor to vain and foolish decorations of her person with ear-rings and finger-rings, and crisping-pins: for such are unprofitable, yea, abominable.
* gaddish, gaddishness
From (etyl) .
A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
* 1885 ,
Detroit Free Press. , December 17
(obsolete) A metal bar.
* 1485 , Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur , Book XV:
- Twain finds his voice after a short search for it and when he impels it forward it is a good, strong, steady voice in harness until the driver becomes absent-minded, when it stops to rest, and then the gad must be used to drive it on again.
- they sette uppon hym and drew oute their swerdys to have slayne hym – but there wolde no swerde byghte on hym more than uppon a gadde of steele, for the Hyghe Lorde which he served, He hym preserved.
A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock, especially in mining.
- Flemish steel some in bars and some in gads .
* 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day , Vintage 2007, p. 327:
- I will go get a leaf of brass, / And with a gad of steel will write these words.
(dated, metallurgy) An indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, perhaps equivalent to the bloom, perhaps weighing around 100 pounds.
* 1957 , H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry , p. 146.
- Frank was able to keep his eyes open long enough to check his bed with a miner's gad and douse the electric lamp
A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
- ''Twice a day a 'gad' of iron, i.e., a bloom weighing 1 cwt. was produced, which took from six to seven hours.
(UK, US, dialect) A rod or stick, such as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.