Main meanings of gadling in English

: gadling1gadling2

gadling1

Pronunciation /ˈɡadlɪŋ/

noun

archaic, rare
  • As a general term of contempt or abuse: a worthless person; a rogue. In early use also: †a person of low birth or status (obsolete).

Origin

Old English (in an earlier sense). Cognate with Middle Dutch gadelinc, gedelinc, of uncertain sense, perhaps ‘partner, associate’, Old Saxon gaduling relative, fellow countryman (Middle Low German gēdelinc, gādelinc), Old High German gataling, gateling relative, fellow countryman (Middle High German getelinc, getlinc, German regional (Bavarian) Gättling, Gettling), and (with different medial vowel) Gothic gadiliggs cousin from the same Germanic base seen in Old English gaed fellowship, society, (with prefixation) gegada companion, associate, and (with suffixation) geador together + the Germanic base of -ling.

Main meanings of gadling in English

: gadling1gadling2

gadling2

Pronunciation /ˈɡadlɪŋ/

noun

historical
  • Each of a number of small metal spikes or knobs fitted to the knuckles of a gauntlet. Usually in plural.

Origin

Late Middle English. From gad + -ling.