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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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 bird’s crop was filled with a softball-sized wad of hoppers. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt a Wild Turkey for Your Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 Mason printed the 60 pages of the map and sold it to Mostly Harmless for $5 cash, which the hiker pulled from a wad of bills that Mason remembers being an inch thick. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack," 2 Nov. 2020 But time and distance tame both, and at some range a slug becomes more or less harmless, a wad of earthbound lead. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "An Old-School Western Mule Deer Hunt, in Memory of Two Midwestern Dads," 13 Nov. 2020 Everyone, at some point, has wanted to put their phone in a garbage can and head off with a fake name and a wad of cash. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack," 2 Nov. 2020 To grease the wheels, one of his assistants, a big, burly sort decked out all in black like his boss, worked the room carrying a wad of cash, ready to lend to anyone who might be tapped out. Alex Vasquez, Bloomberg.com, "The Underground Poker Clubs Are Booming in Caracas," 4 Oct. 2020 Because this thing isn’t likely to be solved with the wave of a hand or a wad of cash. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "As Rangers struggle at historically bad No. 3 spot, Joey Gallo must get comfortable with stepping into the role," 9 Sep. 2020 This bottom-dwelling, deep-sea fish, found off the coast of Japan, looks less like a fish and more like a wad of pink chewing gum that has spent several hours in a hot car. New York Times, "Bringing the Ocean’s Midnight Zone Into the Light," 22 Sep. 2020 Horn taught himself the art of slow and low on his grandfather’s old pit, so beat up that smoke would billow out its sides, a wad of foil jammed into a hole where the thermometer used to be. Sunset Magazine, "He’s the Barbecue King of California. And He Won’t Let Any Pandemic Stall His Long-Smoked Restaurant Dreams.," 11 Sep. 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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Last Updated

6 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Wad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wad. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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