Peggy commits a grievous faux pas when she nervously eyes her purse—with a wad of cash inside—next to the sofa.
If actively invest you must, then actively invest yourself in spiritual fulfillment, not blow your wad at the casino.
A quick glance—a sniff—is all it takes to acknowledge a wad.
He was handsome, flirty, and always had a wad of cash from which he dispensed $10 and $20 bills.
HE was arrested for drug trafficking outside the dry cleaners and police found a wad of cash in his left front pocket.
He wad hae dune weel eneuch gin they wad only hae latten him be.
The first man stuck a wad of tobacco between his back teeth.
"I wad shorten his pend'lum, sir," replied the unlucky wight.
An' you was a goin' to make a present of et to me, wad'n 'ee, then?
And he wanted you to say something to yon folks, that wad save my young life?
early 15c., "soft material for padding or stuffing," of uncertain origin, and the different meanings may represent more than one source. Among the possible connections are Medieval Latin wadda, Dutch watten, and Middle English wadmal (late 14c.) "woolen cloth," which seems to be from Old Norse vaðmal "a woolen fabric of Scandinavia," probably from vað "cloth" + mal "measure."
The meaning "bundle of currency" is American English, 1778. To shoot (one's) wad "do all one can do" is recorded from 1914. The immediate source of the expression probably is the sense of "disk of cloth used to hold powder and shot in place in a gun." Wad in slang sense of "a load of semen" is attested from 1920s, and the expression now often is felt in this sense. As a suffix, -wad in 1980s joined -bag, -ball, -head in combinations meaning "disgusting or unpleasant person."
1570s, from wad (n.). Related: Wadded; wadding.