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wad

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[ wod ]
/ wɒd /
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noun
verb (used with object), wad·ded, wad·ding.
verb (used without object), wad·ded, wad·ding.
to become formed into a wad: The damp tissues had wadded in his pocket.
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Idioms about wad

    shoot one's wad, Informal.
    1. to spend all one's money: He shot his wad on a new car.
    2. to expend all one's energies or resources at one time: She shot her wad writing her first novel and her second wasn't as good.
    3. Slang: Vulgar. (of a man) to have an orgasm.

Origin of wad

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First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English wadde “small bundle of straw used as a pad beneath a horse’s girth to prevent chafing,” from Medieval Latin wadda; further origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM wad

wadder, nounun·wad·ded, adjective

Other definitions for wad (2 of 2)

wad2
[ wod ]
/ wɒd /

noun
a soft, earthy, black to dark-brown mass of manganese oxide minerals.

Origin of wad

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First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for wad (1 of 2)

wad1
/ (wɒd) /

noun
verb wads, wadding or wadded

Derived forms of wad

wadder, noun

Word Origin for wad

C14: from Late Latin wadda; related to German Watte cotton wool

British Dictionary definitions for wad (2 of 2)

wad2
/ (wɒd) /

noun
a soft dark earthy amorphous material consisting of decomposed manganese minerals: occurs in damp marshy areas

Word Origin for wad

C17: of unknown origin
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