Gadling definitions

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A man of humble condition; a fellow; a low fellow; lowborn; originally comrade or companion, in a good sense, but later used in reproach.

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A spike on a gauntlet; a gad.
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Origin of gadling

From Middle English gadling (“companion in arms; man, fellow; a person of low birth; rascal, scoundrel; bastard; base, lowborn”), from Old English geaduling, gædeling (“kinsman, fellow, companion in arms, comrade”), from Proto-Germanic *gadulingaz, *gadilingaz (“relative, kinsman”), equivalent to gad +‎ -ling. Related to Old English gāda (“comrade, companion”).