wad

noun
\ ˈwäd \

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

After searching the vehicle, the task force found 160 bags of heroin, over 15 grams of crack cocaine and a wad of cash. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Manchester Police Arrest Men In Drug Bust; One With History Of Similar Arrests," 13 June 2018 Thug, on the other hand, wears a simple yellow hoodie offset with layers of lustrous pearls and a wad of cash sticking out of his silver purse. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert Show Off Their Pearls and Chanel Bags—With Rosé in Hand, of Course," 14 May 2018 Companies use Zaad for their monthly payrolls, instead of handing wads of cash to their employees. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "An Isolated Country Runs on Mobile Money," 8 July 2018 Just three regular Twinkies torn into random fried wads and drizzled with flavored syrup. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Get the South out of your mouth at Hoppin’ John," 5 July 2018 Another wad of yellow tape sat on the St. Claude neutral ground, and some also remained wrapped around a street sign across the street. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "NOPD seeks to question 'person of interest' in homicide at Algiers self-storage facility," 1 May 2018 Always Clean and Oil the Grill Grate Just Before Cooking To oil the grate, hold a wad of paper towels in tongs, then dip it in vegetable oil and run it over the hot, cleaned grate. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Everything you need to know about using a charcoal grill," 29 June 2018 The naturally-growing plant eases altitude sickness, and people trekking up high altitudes used to stuff wads of coca into their cheeks and chew on it. National Geographic, "How Ancient Mummies Helped This Soccer Player Get to the World Cup," 26 June 2018 This also allows the flesh to pack an herb-y punch without leaving a waterlogged wad of marinade in direct contact with the soon-to-be crisped skin. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for wad

wad

noun

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

: a large amount of money

wad

verb

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

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

wad

noun
\ ˈwäd \

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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