noun \ˈwäd\

: a small mass or ball of soft material

: a thick roll or folded pile of paper money or papers

: a large amount of money

Full Definition of WAD

:  a small mass, bundle, or tuft: as
a :  a soft mass especially of a loose fibrous material variously used (as to stop an aperture, pad a garment, or hold grease around an axle)
b (1) :  a soft plug used to retain a powder charge or to avoid windage especially in a muzzle-loading gun
(2) :  a felt or paper disk used to separate the components of a shotgun cartridge
c :  a small mass of a chewing substance <a wad of gum>
:  a considerable amount (as of money)
a :  a roll of paper money
b :  money

Examples of WAD

  1. He spent a wad on clothes.
  2. <a starlet who usually gets a big wad of publicity for her nonstop antics>

Origin of WAD

Middle English wadde, from Medieval Latin wadda
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to WAD

abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, lot, wealth, yard
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace

Rhymes with WAD



: to crush or press (something, such as paper) into a small, tight ball


Full Definition of WAD

transitive verb
a :  to insert a wad into <wad a gun>
b :  to hold in by a wad <wad a bullet in a gun>
:  to form into a wad or wadding; especially :  to roll or crush into a tight wad
:  to stuff or line with some soft substance
wad·der noun

Examples of WAD

  1. <disgusted, she wadded up the paper and threw it in the wastebasket>

First Known Use of WAD


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