gadfly gadfly  /ˈɡædf ˌlaɪ/


  1. (n) a persistently annoying person
  2. (n) any of various large flies that annoy livestock



  1. Mikey Weinstein is a very specific kind of gadfly.
  2. So the idea that he would want an infuriating gadfly like Litvinenko to disappear is not beyond reason.
  3. Sure, even Chvez's friends at the Santiago summit seemed to feel satisfied that he finally received an arrogant gadfly's comeuppance.


  • Remembering Will D. Campbell

    Every Christian leader needs a gadfly, someone who will cut to the chase and help him or her stay focused on the gospel. For one United Methodist bishop, that was the late Will D. Campbell.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Duke University


  1. "We're like a gadfly. We're going to spray Congress into action," said the Rev. Antonio A. Valdivia, pastor of St. Louis Bertrand Parish in East Oakland, as he led thousands of chanting marchers through downtown Oakland.
    on May 1, 2007 By: Antonio Source: Alameda Times-Star

  2. "David Frost had a great reputation as an intelligent human being, but he still had the reputation of being a gadfly, playboy, a television talk show host," said Keach. "For him to step into the world of journalism and become a real...
    on Jan 3, 2009 By: Stacy Keach Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

  3. "Lieutenant Gov. Quinn is known as a gadfly. That's one of his charming qualities," Blagojevich said.
    on Apr 10, 2007 By: Rod Blagojevich Source: Belleville News-Democrat

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