how to pronounce gadfly


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the above transcription of gadfly is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

gadfly is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of gadfly in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… the gadfly and daughter of george bull …”

meanings of gadfly


  1. One who merely irritates without making useful suggestions.
  2. Any dipterous insect of the family Oestridae, commonly known as botflies.
  3. One who upsets the status quo by posing upsetting or novel questions, or attempts to stimulate innovation by proving an irritant.
  4. A horsefly: any of various species of fly, of the family Tabanidae, noted for buzzing about animals and sucking their blood.
  5. A bloodsucker; a person who takes without giving back.

gadfly frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word gadfly occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics gadfly can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that gadfly can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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