What does the word gadfly mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Alarge fly that torments cattle. horsefly.

Usage examples for gadfly

  1. The philosopher said to the people of Athens: I am your gadfly. – Best Russian Short Stories by Various
  2. When we behold it active in a small town, or among a certain number of men within the range of our own observation, the goddess would seem to become as persistent as a gadfly, and no less fantastic. – The Buried Temple by Maurice Maeterlinck
  3. You can but try, she had said to the Gadfly; but I don't think anything will come of it. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich