Pronunciation of Gadfly
/ɡˈadfla͡ɪ/, /ɡˈadflaɪ/, /ɡ_ˈa_d_f_l_aɪ/
Synonyms for gadfly:
Other synonyms and related words:
bother, swearword, curse word, lad, curse, gent, oath, blighter, annoyer, swearing, expletive, fellow, persecutor, nuisance, pest, cuss, tease, fella, annoyance, pesterer, plague, nudnik, chap, pain, feller.
goad; nuisance (noun)
aphid, butterfly, bee, katydid, Horntail, ant, dung beetle, locust, cricket, boll weevil, tick, firefly, yellow jacket, chinch, spider, midge, fruit fly, daddy longlegs, earwig, tsetse fly, mosquito, stinkbug, June Bug, termite, gnat, may fly, praying mantis, botfly, mantis, cicada, nit, millipede, horsefly, louse, fly, centipede, ladybug, dragonfly, bluebottle, wasp, bedbug, chigger, tiger moth, cockroach, blowfly, scarab, grasshopper, mite, scorpion, tarantula, black widow, bookworm, deer fly, silverfish, housefly, moth, flea.
Usage examples for gadfly:
- Two insignificant smudges of black, lifting and bowing like a couple of dingy sea- birds in a waste of waters, wretched little things that could be stowed away on the promenade deck of a mail steamer, and yet the appearance of one of them among a fleet of heavy ironclads would create as much consternation as a gadfly among a mob of cattle. - "The Golden Rock", Ernest Glanville.
- She had been influenced by one milieu after another; she had worked hard, now at music, now at philosophy; had dabbled in girls' clubs, and gone to Socialist meetings, and had been all through driven on by the gadfly of an ever- increasing ambition. - "Marriage Ã la mode", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
- Having concealed itself near the surface of the ground it becomes changed into a chrysalis from which the gadfly issues after an inactive existence of from thirty to forty days. - "The Veterinarian", Chas. J. Korinek.