- a person or thing that wades.
- Also called wading bird. any of various large birds having long legs, long necks, and long bills, that are adapted for wading in shallow waters and living on fish, frogs, etc., as the crane, heron, stork, shoebill, ibis, and flamingo.
- British. any of various ground-nesting shorebirds of small to moderate size, as the gull, tern, skimmer, phalarope, and plover.
- waders, high, waterproof boots used for wading, as by fishermen, duck hunters, or laborers.
Origin of wader
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Examples from the Web for waders
A governor who doesn't zip down to Argentina for a little feathered sport isn't worth his waders.Sanford May Have to Take a Hike, After All
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I believe his waders fasten, not round his waist, but round his neck.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
She flashed upon him the fish that had been hidden behind her waders.
He had been drawing on his waders and buckling on his creel.
You could fish from the banks, but it is better to have waders, so you can cross once in a while.The Young Alaskans on the Missouri
But he drew the line at waders, as not being in the department of a mere he-cousin.Lines in Pleasant Places
- long waterproof boots, sometimes extending to the chest like trousers, worn by anglers
- a person or thing that wades
- Also called: wading bird any of various long-legged birds, esp those of the order Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, etc), that live near water and feed on fish, etc
- a Brit name for shore bird
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Word Origin and History for waders
"waterproof high boots," 1841, plural agent noun from wade.
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