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wad

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[ wod ]

noun

  1. a small mass, lump, or ball of anything: a wad of tobacco.

    a wad of paper;

    a wad of tobacco.

  2. a small mass of cotton, wool, or other fibrous or soft material, used for stuffing, padding, packing, etc.
  3. a roll of something, especially of bank notes.
  4. Informal. a comparatively large stock or quantity of something, especially money:

    He's got a healthy wad salted away.

  5. 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.
  6. British Dialect. a bundle, especially a small one, of hay, straw, etc.


verb (used with object)

, wad·ded, wad·ding.
  1. to form (material) into a wad.
  2. to roll tightly (often followed by up ):

    He wadded up his cap and stuck it into his pocket.

  3. to hold in place by a wad:

    They rammed and wadded the shot into their muskets.

  4. to put a wad into; stuff with a wad.
  5. 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.
  1. to become formed into a wad:

    The damp tissues had wadded in his pocket.

wad

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[ wod ]

noun

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

wad

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/ wɒd /

noun

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


wad

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/ wɒd /

noun

  1. a small mass or ball of fibrous or soft material, such as cotton wool, used esp for packing or stuffing
    1. a plug of paper, cloth, leather, etc, pressed against a charge to hold it in place in a muzzle-loading cannon
    2. a disc of paper, felt, pasteboard, etc, used to hold in place the powder and shot in a shotgun cartridge
  2. a roll or bundle of something, esp of banknotes
  3. slang.
    a large quantity, esp of money
  4. dialect.
    a bundle of hay or straw
  5. slang.
    military a bun

    char and a wad

verb

  1. to form (something) into a wad
  2. tr to roll into a wad or bundle
  3. tr
    1. to hold (a charge) in place with a wad
    2. to insert a wad into (a gun)
  4. tr to pack or stuff with wadding; pad
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Derived Forms

  • ˈwadder, noun
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Other Words From

  • wadder noun
  • un·wadded adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of wad1

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

Origin of wad2

First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain
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Word History and Origins

Origin of wad1

C17: of unknown origin

Origin of wad2

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

Idioms
  1. 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.
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Example Sentences

She threw some clothes into a bag, along with her passport, two mobile phones and a wad of cash before climbing into a taxi with her brother and father.

From Time

To reach the 150-year-old mark, you might need to live in an environment free of stressors — and a wad of cash to cover what will be costly treatments.

From Ozy

To wipe before returning to your outdoor shenanigans, you might need extra practice holding back the fabric layers with one hand while the other wields a pee rag or wad of toilet paper.

As our mouths water, saliva not only softens and shapes food into wads but also helps us swallow them.

Those wads were designed to soak up excess saliva during dental procedures.

He licked them up with a slick bronzy tongue and spat a thick wad of honey-brown juice into the empty teacup.

HE was arrested for drug trafficking outside the dry cleaners and police found a wad of cash in his left front pocket.

Peggy commits a grievous faux pas when she nervously eyes her purse—with a wad of cash inside—next to the sofa.

He was handsome, flirty, and always had a wad of cash from which he dispensed $10 and $20 bills.

A quick glance—a sniff—is all it takes to acknowledge a wad.

Got through the partition door; he had even thought to block the snap-lock with a paper wad.

In fact, I don't believe old Uncle Charlie ever meant me to come in for all his wad.

They waste mair in yae day, whiles, than wad keep your family or mine for a whole year.

Then rub a little charcoal powder over the pricked pattern with a wad of soft cotton-wool.

When they carried out the coffins, she sprang up gin she wad follow them, but was putten back to bed again.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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