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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably frpm gadling 'person who goes along with you, wanderer' (11-18 centuries), from Old English g├Ždeling

gad

verb
     
gad past tense and past participle gadded, present participle gadding

gad about/around

phrasal verb
informal to go out and enjoy yourself, going to many different places, especially when you should be doing something else:
While I'm at home cooking, he's gadding about with his friends.

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