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  • n. One who roves about idly, a rambling gossip.
  • n. A drilling or perforating machine or apparatus for mining and mineral exploration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who roves about idly, a rambling gossip.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rambler; one who roves idly about.
  • n. In quarrying, same as gadding-machine.

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  • Gadflies.
    The lot of 'em.

    July 13, 2008

  • I assume this comes from gad : to go around having fun in a carefree and aimless manner . Though I would have thought gadabout was more common.

    /end gadfly

    July 13, 2008

  • I done known many a gadder gone run amok 'round these there parts.

    July 13, 2008

  • How~ever should you have known this, Whichbe?

    July 13, 2008

  • One who roves about idly, a rambling gossip.

    July 13, 2008