from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- In the Bible, a son of Jacob and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.
- interj. Used to express surprise or dismay.
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- proper n. Seventh son of Jacob, by his wife's handmaid Zilpah.
- proper n. One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Gad.
- proper n. A male given name
As to the name Gad, this passage is variously expounded by commentators.
And Leah said: Good Luck! and she called his name Gad (Luck).
The name Gad's (Vagabond's) Hill is a survival of the time when the depredations of highwaymen upon "pilgrims going to Canterbury with rich offerings and traders riding to London with fat purses" gave to this spot the ill repute it had in Shakespeare's day; it was here he located
Thus in Genesis chapter 30 verse 11: And Leah said, A troop cometh, and she called his name Gad; etc.etc. etc.
I was a child there, in the house they call Gad's Hill Place.
Gad, is there nothing that can’t be solved with higher taxes?
Sihon, king of the Amorites, and afterwards a Levitical city in Gad (Nu
There were fields in which he could play his pretending games, and there was a beautiful house called Gad's Hill near, at which he could go to look and dream that if he were very good and very clever he might some day be a fine gentleman and own that house.
Prince Henry's pranks; and, what was more, he had determined that when he came to be a man, and had made his way in the world, he should own the house called Gad's Hill Place, with the old associations of its site, and its pleasant outlook over Rochester and over the low-lying levels by the Thames.
It was by this time one of those dark nights, the most propitious that can be imagined for such little adventures as rendered at one time the place called Gad's Hill famous alike in story and in song.