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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. roving vagabond; one who roams
  • n. A man of humble condition; a fellow; a low fellow; lowborn; originally comrade or companion, in a good sense, but later used in reproach

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See gad, n., 4.
  • adj. Gadding about.
  • n. A roving vagabond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man of humble condition; a fellow; a low fellow; originally (in Anglo-Saxon), a fellow, associate, or companion, in a good sense, but later used in reproach. Compare similar uses of fellow and companion.
  • n. A vagabond; one who gads about.
  • Given to gadding about; gadding.
  • n. Same as gad, 2.

Etymologies

From Middle English gadling ("companion in arms; man, fellow; a person of low birth; rascal, scoundrel; bastard; base, lowborn"), from Old English gædeling ("kinsman, fellow, companion in arms, comrade"), itself from Old English gāda ("comrade, companion"). Equivalent to gad +‎ -ling. (Wiktionary)

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