verb (used with object), wad·ded, wad·ding.
verb (used without object), wad·ded, wad·ding.
- 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.
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Examples from the Web for wad
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.Whitey Bulger’s Women: Inside the Terror and Glamour of His Ex-Girlfriends|T.J. English|June 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A quick glance—a sniff—is all it takes to acknowledge a wad.Last Look at Munch’s ‘The Scream’ as Painting Is Auctioned for $119M|Blake Gopnik|May 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Justice fronted UCE 48 a wad of 40 hundred-dollar bills to pay the pharmacist.
I wad na lat ae ill thoucht o' puir Jeemie inside this auld heid o' mine!Salted With Fire|George MacDonald
And he wad aye mak an honest baubee whan he cud; for siller was fell scarce at that time o' day amo' the Falconers.Robert Falconer|George MacDonald
It wad hae been a bonny business, indeed, if I had never had a case in the Court o' Session.
I kent hoo it wad be, but I'll tak' jolly guid care ye dinna get anither chance o' castin' up onything o' the sort to me.'The Guinea Stamp|Annie S. Swan
Abu Anga now collected all his forces, in order to revenge the defeat of Wad Arbab.Fire and Sword in the Sudan|Rudolf C. Slatin
- 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
verb wads, wadding or wadded
- to hold (a charge) in place with a wad
- to insert a wad into (a gun)
Word Origin for wad
Word Origin for wad
early 15c., "soft material for padding or stuffing," of uncertain origin, and the different meanings may represent more than one source. Among the possible connections are Medieval Latin wadda, Dutch watten, and Middle English wadmal (late 14c.) "woolen cloth," which seems to be from Old Norse vaðmal "a woolen fabric of Scandinavia," probably from vað "cloth" + mal "measure."
The meaning "bundle of currency" is American English, 1778. To shoot (one's) wad "do all one can do" is recorded from 1914. The immediate source of the expression probably is the sense of "disk of cloth used to hold powder and shot in place in a gun." Wad in slang sense of "a load of semen" is attested from 1920s, and the expression now often is felt in this sense. As a suffix, -wad in 1980s joined -bag, -ball, -head in combinations meaning "disgusting or unpleasant person."
1570s, from wad (n.). Related: Wadded; wadding.