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waddy1

[wod-ee]Australian
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noun, plural wad·dies.
  1. a heavy wooden war club of the Australian Aborigines.
verb (used with object), wad·died, wad·dy·ing.
  1. to beat or strike with a waddy.

Origin of waddy1

First recorded in 1795–1805, waddy is from the Dharuk word wa-di stick

waddy2

or wad·die

[wod-ee]
noun, plural wad·dies.
  1. Cowboy Slang, Western U.S.. a cowboy.

Origin of waddy2

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for waddy

Historical Examples

  • Oh, yes, I expect we got off a lot of comic lines about Waddy.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • "Then we'll just have to go down where he is," announces Waddy.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • "But I say," starts in Waddy again, which was where I shut him off.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • Waddy, who was made a sergeant, went to India, where he soon died.

  • If this man were a waddy, who of all her friends could she trust?

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for waddy

waddy

noun plural -dies
  1. a heavy wooden club used as a weapon by native Australians
verb -dies, -dying or -died
  1. (tr) to hit with a waddy

Word Origin

C19: from a native Australian language, perhaps based on English wood 1
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