Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used as a mild exclamation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. a mild exclamation of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. An exclamation expressing exultation or surprise, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation expressing exultation or surprise.

Etymologies

Alteration of oh God.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From By God. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I never heard any one not in a book say "egad" before, so I saw something really out of the way was indeed up.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • The "egad" did the whole business: Mrs. Cat was as much in love with him now as ever she had been; and, gathering up all her energies, she said, "It is dreadful hot too, I think;" and with this she made a curtsey.

    Catherine: a Story

  • 'egad' before, so I saw something really out of the way was indeed up.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • Yeah, because if some high school drop-out, chronic alcoholic, or (egad) conservative-values espousing candidate ran, we'd all ignore those "personality traits" and pretend none of them have to do with the job of running a huge city.

    Big buzz (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Fregosi batted .233 in 1½ seasons at Shea Stadium, while Ryan, egad, is one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.

    The Mets' Greatest Gaffes

  • I'd been wanting to read it for years, and when I mentioned this on ontdcreepy, I was told it could be read online - so of course I sit down and read half the whole thing (me: "egad! manga can be read online for free? what a brave new world we live in!").

    intertribal: Lucy in the Sky with Spirals

  • And yet, 76 million pounds of pesticides are applied residentially (not counting our schools and ... egad, hospitals) each year.

    Waylon Lewis: Is Your Lawn "Green"?

  • Wasn't one trigger happy cowboy enough for this country ... egad. matt in austin

    Clinton touts commander-in-chief credentials

  • Sarah Palin a person who talks about herself in the third person ... egad.

    Sarah Palin: Don’t Blame Me - Swampland - TIME.com

  • If she is not reigned soon in at some point she might even sugest we are endowed by our "Creator" with rights. egad

    14 Important Science Questions

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  • He shrugged his shoulders as he looked at the signs of a fierce clapper-clawing.
    'Egad,' said he to himself, 'Old Scratch must have had a tough time of it!'


    "The Devil and Tom Walker"
    -Washington Irving

    September 20, 2009

  • Egad, that’s true!
    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 5, 2008