wad·​er | \ ˈwā-dər How to pronounce wader (audio) \

Definition of wader

1 : one that wades
2 : shorebird also : wading bird
3 waders plural : high waterproof boots or a one-piece waterproof garment usually consisting of pants with attached boots that are used for wading (as when fishing)

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But last weekend, dressed in shirtsleeves and rubber waders, the freshman Democratic congressman from Turlock tried to buck that image. Los Angeles Times, "Swamp rats have invaded California. A Central Valley Democrat is declaring war," 7 Aug. 2019 Sandbag levees still surround many houses, forcing people to wear fishing waders and boat in and out of their homes. Rory Doyle, New York Times, "Where Floods of ‘Biblical Proportion’ Drowned Towns and Farms," 30 July 2019 Ruby Kumagai wears rubber waders, boots and gloves to hose down a pen at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. Sharon Boorstin, latimes.com, "Want to get close to gibbons or pythons? Volunteer at one of these L.A. places," 4 July 2019 Hartlage was last seen wearing a light brown or tan fly-fishing vest and grey hip waders along with a brown baseball cap and a yellow or pink fly-fishing lure attached. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "A Kentucky attorney went missing while fishing in Alaska, police say," 2 July 2019 In Campbell's neighborhood, Kevin Caudle has donned waders to wade in and check on his house multiple days this week. Alex Derosier And Alan Suderman, Fox News, "Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence," 21 Sep. 2018 The pressure from the water vacuum-sealed the waders to my legs, eliminating any and all air pockets between the fabric and me. Christine Yu, SELF, "Wading in a Cranberry Bog Was the Therapeutic Experience I Didn’t Know I Needed," 26 Oct. 2018 Much smaller than the great egret, these little waders have a yellow bill and yellow legs. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "You’ll have no regrets in search for egrets – and herons, too," 11 July 2018 Most likely to be attacked were surfers and other board-sport participants (59 percent of U.S. attacks in 2017), followed by swimmers and waders (22 percent). Linda Searing, Washington Post, "The Big Number: 53 shark attacks in U.S. waters," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of wader

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wader

: high waterproof boots or pants worn for walking or standing in deep water especially while fishing

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