wad

noun
\ ˈwäd How to pronounce wad (audio) \

Definition of wad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)
3a : a roll of paper money
b : money

wad

verb
wadded; wadding

Definition of wad (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from wad

Verb

wadder noun

Examples of wad in a Sentence

Noun He spent a wad on clothes. a starlet who usually gets a big wad of publicity for her nonstop antics Verb disgusted, she wadded up the paper and threw it in the wastebasket
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cheese became a gluey wad that couldn’t be cut and presented an etiquette challenge: leave it in the bowl or eat it whole? Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: High-end San Antonio restaurant Evo Contemporary Mexican Cuisine has noble approach, humble results in Olmos Park," 23 Jan. 2020 Inside was a card with a wad of cash protruding from it. cleveland, "A teaching career blooms. What could go wrong?," 12 Apr. 2020 Your friend, the one with the fat wad of banknotes, like an old-school bookmaker, knows different. The Economist, "Buttonwood The appeal, and the flaws, of cash-based accounting," 20 Feb. 2020 There’s a wet, formative gurgle as someone down the block hocks a magnificent wad of phlegm into the street. Cassandra Landry, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the astrology craze: The search for self in the new New Age.," 24 Oct. 2019 Courtright said before putting a wad of cash into his pocket, Consiglio said. Washington Post, "Ex-mayor pleads guilty to corruption day after resignation," 2 July 2019 Money changers with wads of cash sit under billboards advertising telecom companies promising cheap data and international call rates. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "‘I Feel Strong and Free’: Running Takes Hold Among Women in Somaliland," 18 Mar. 2020 The trauma of losing both parents nearly led to his own early death, brought on by an addiction to Benzedrex inhaler wads washed down with root beer, cough syrup, and alcohol. Stuart Franklin, The New York Review of Books, "Ellroy Confidential," 10 Mar. 2020 In one instance, Beckham handed out what looked to be wads of cash to a number of LSU players. cleveland, "Does Odell Beckham Jr.’s production make everything else worth it?," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of wad

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wad

Noun

Middle English wadde, from Medieval Latin wadda

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The first known use of wad was in the 15th century

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wad. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for wad

wad

noun
How to pronounce wad (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small mass or ball of soft material
: a thick roll or folded pile of paper money or papers
US, informal : a large amount of money

wad

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wad (Entry 2 of 2)

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

wad

noun
\ ˈwäd How to pronounce wad (audio) \

Kids Definition of wad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

wad

verb
wadded; wadding

Kids Definition of wad (Entry 2 of 2)

: to crush or press into a small tight mass

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