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.
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.
to become formed into a wad: The damp tissues had wadded in his pocket.
Idioms about wad
shoot one's wad, Informal.
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.
- wadder, noun
- un·wad·ded, adjective
Other definitions for wad (2 of 2)
a soft, earthy, black to dark-brown mass of manganese oxide minerals.
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British Dictionary definitions for wad (1 of 2)
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 bun: char and a wad
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
- wadder, noun
British Dictionary definitions for wad (2 of 2)
a soft dark earthy amorphous material consisting of decomposed manganese minerals: occurs in damp marshy areas
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