Definition of wad
- a wad of gum
He spent a wad on clothes.
a starlet who usually gets a big wad of publicity for her nonstop antics
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, volume, 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), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, tad, touch, trace;
all kinds (of), quite a bit;
disgusted, she wadded up the paper and threw it in the wastebasket
: a small mass or ball of soft material
: a thick roll or folded pile of paper money or papers
: a large amount of money
: to crush or press (something, such as paper) into a small, tight ball
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