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wad

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noun \ˈwäd\

Simple Definition of wad

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  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>

  2. 2 :  a considerable amount (as of money)

  3. 3 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

Rhymes with wad


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wad

verb

Simple Definition of wad

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

Full Definition of wad

wad·dedwad·ding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to insert a wad into <wad a gun> b :  to hold in by a wad <wad a bullet in a gun>

  3. 2 :  to form into a wad or wadding; especially :  to roll or crush into a tight wad

  4. 3 :  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>



1579

First Known Use of wad

1579



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