What does gadfly mean?

Definitions for gadflyˈgædˌflaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pest, blighter, cuss, pesterer, gadfly(noun)

    a persistently annoying person

  2. gadfly(noun)

    any of various large flies that annoy livestock


  1. gadfly(Noun)

    Any dipterous insect of the genus Oestrus, and allied group of botflies.

  2. gadfly(Noun)

    A horsefly: any of various species of fly, of the family Tabanid[ae], noted for buzzing about animals and sucking their blood.

  3. gadfly(Noun)

    One who upsets the status quo by posing upsetting or novel questions, or attempts to stimulate innovation by proving an irritant.

  4. gadfly(Noun)

    One who merely irritates without making useful suggestions.

  5. gadfly(Noun)

    A bloodsucker

    He's a regular gadfly and takes advantage of his friend's generosity.

  6. Origin: "fly which bites cattle", from gaddr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gadfly(noun)

    any dipterous insect of the genus Oestrus, and allied genera of botflies

  2. Origin: [Gad + fly.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gadfly

    gad′flī, n. a fly which pierces the skin of cattle in order to deposit its eggs: a mischievous gadabout. [From gad, n., fly.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gadfly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gadfly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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