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 officer travelled to Battersea Park with a suitcase containing wads of newspaper, cleverly topped by five pound notes, and Jackson's identity was revealed as Edward Betchley - a former soldier. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 13 Weeks to Go - The Story of Pickles the Dog & the Jules Rimet Trophy," 22 Mar. 2018 The man pulled out his wallet to give the teen money when Dunn ran up and grabbed the man’s wad of cash and ran away, police reports say. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Man who ‘hit it big’ at casino robbed outside downtown Cleveland restaurant, police say," 26 Aug. 2019 His once-endearing penchant for blurting out whatever is passing through that three-pound wad of meat in his skull is a considerable liability in this age of hysterical and performative social-media outrage politics. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Joe Biden, Designated White Guy," 13 Aug. 2019 Another was recruited from the locker room of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, suddenly acquiring wads of cash to spend on food and rent. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Jeffrey Epstein in South Florida: A constant search for new girls," 11 Aug. 2019 Diego Costa was dire in 2018/19, Alvaro Morata has little confidence left and Simeone has a huge wad of cash to use on bringing in better personnel up top. SI.com, "Champions League 2019/20: How Many Players Each of the Contenders Still Need to Sign This Summer," 18 July 2019 The tampons of the 1930s were not too different than the ones on drugstore shelves today, generally made of a wad of dense cotton or a paper-like material attached to a string. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How tampons and pads became so unsustainable," 6 Sep. 2019 There's lots of it: inch-thick wads of crisp Benjamins, 100-euro bills and Turkish liras. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019 Spider silks all start out the same: a wad of goo, like thick honey, as Hayashi describes it. Washington Post, "Scientists look to unweave the mystery of spider silks," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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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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