wad·er | \ˈwā-dər \

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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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 Ponds on the course have potential to attract various water fowl and waders. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 The boots of our waders sunk a half-foot into the muddy goo that carpeted the bay bottom and made wading a bit of a chore. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Coastal fishing in February can be rewarding," 3 Feb. 2018 Best catches lately have come from waders working bayous in the afternoon. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Feb. 3," 2 Feb. 2018 Instead of waders, gear up with good water shoes and swim trunks. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "How to beat the heat on your fishing trips in Idaho’s summer sun," 12 July 2018 This chair can be a great companion for your next lakeside fishing adventure, which is where Amazon's other sale on fishing rods and waders will come in handy. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Another Great Father's Day Tool Sale," 5 June 2018 Swan Lake in the center of the country’s capital Yerevan is normally closed to waders, but on Vardavar, people are allowed to enter, bringing their buckets to douse others. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "The Point of Armenia’s Splashy Holiday is Getting Wet," 3 July 2018 Phil Eggleton, who runs Trout Town Adventures with his son Dave, has been fishing these waters since the 1970s, and arrives equipped with must-have gear like waders and rods, plus a lifetime’s knowledge of the best local spots. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018

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1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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