[ wod ]
/ wɒd /
a small mass, lump, or ball of anything: a wad of paper; a wad of tobacco.
a small mass of cotton, wool, or other fibrous or soft material, used for stuffing, padding, packing, etc.
a roll of something, especially of bank notes.
Informal. a comparatively large stock or quantity of something, especially money: He's got a healthy wad salted away.
a plug of cloth, tow, paper, or the like, used to hold the powder or shot, or both, in place in a gun or cartridge.
British Dialect. a bundle, especially a small one, of hay, straw, etc.
verb (used with object), wad·ded, wad·ding.
to form (material) into a wad.
to roll tightly (often followed by up): He wadded up his cap and stuck it into his pocket.
to hold in place by a wad: They rammed and wadded the shot into their muskets.
to put a wad into; stuff with a wad.
to fill out with or as if with wadding; stuff; pad: to wad a quilt; to wad a speech with useless information.
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 for wad
- to spend all one's money: He shot his wad on a new car.
- 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.
- Slang: Vulgar. (of a man) to have an orgasm.
shoot one's wad, Informal.
Origin of wad1
1530–40; < Medieval Latin wadda < Arabic bāṭa'in lining of a garment, batting; compare French ouate, Dutch watte, Swedish vadd
OTHER WORDS FROM wadwad·der, nounun·wad·ded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shoot one's wad (1 of 2)
/ (wɒd) /
a small mass or ball of fibrous or soft material, such as cotton wool, used esp for packing or stuffing
- a plug of paper, cloth, leather, etc, pressed against a charge to hold it in place in a muzzle-loading cannon
- a disc of paper, felt, pasteboard, etc, used to hold in place the powder and shot in a shotgun cartridge
a roll or bundle of something, esp of banknotes
US and Canadian slang a large quantity, esp of money
British dialect a bundle of hay or straw
British military slang a bunchar and a wad
verb wads, wadding or wadded
to form (something) into a wad
(tr) to roll into a wad or bundle
- to hold (a charge) in place with a wad
- to insert a wad into (a gun)
(tr) to pack or stuff with wadding; pad
Derived forms of wadwadder, noun
Word Origin for wad
C14: from Late Latin wadda; related to German Watte cotton wool
British Dictionary definitions for shoot one's wad (2 of 2)
/ (wɒd) /
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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