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wad

noun \ ˈwäd \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of wad

1 :a small mass, bundle, or tuft: such 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 :a considerable amount (as of money)
3 a :a roll of paper money
b :money

Examples of wad in a Sentence

  1. He spent a wad on clothes.

  2. a starlet who usually gets a big wad of publicity for her nonstop antics

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Origin and Etymology of wad

Middle English wadde, from Medieval Latin wadda

wad Synonyms

Synonyms
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
Antonyms
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
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

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wad

verb

Definition of wad

wadded; wadding
transitive verb
1 a :to insert a wad into
  • wad a gun
b :to hold in by a wad
  • wad a bullet in a gun
2 :to form into a wad or wadding; especially :to roll or crush into a tight wad
3 :to stuff or line with some soft substance

wadder

noun

Examples of wad in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of wad

1579

wad Synonyms

Synonyms
agglomerate, ball, roll, round
Antonyms
unroll
Related Words
bunch, clump, lump; bead, pearl, pellet, pelletize; sphere
Near Antonyms
flatten, open, smooth, spread, unfold

WAD Defined for English Language Learners

wad

noun

Definition of wad for English Language Learners

  • : a small mass or ball of soft material

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

  • : a large amount of money


wad

verb

Definition of wad for English Language Learners

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


WAD Defined for Kids

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wad

noun \ ˈwäd \

Definition of wad for Students

1 :a small mass or lump of soft material
  • a wad of tissues
  • a wad of chewing gum
2 :a thick pile of folded money

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wad

verb

Definition of wad for Students

wadded; wadding
:to crush or press into a small tight mass


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