Idioms about 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.
Origin of wad1
OTHER WORDS FROM wadwadder, nounun·wad·ded, adjective
Other definitions for wad (2 of 2)
Origin of wad2
How to use wad in a sentence
Hundreds headed to banks to withdraw cash, reminiscent of the junta era when people would stuff wads of cash in pillowcases or under floorboards.In Myanmar coup, Suu Kyi’s ouster heralds return to military rule|Shibani Mahtani, Timothy McLaughlin|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
Structure is key, too, so note logs, rocks, and root wads along banks.
They next covered his arms with sleeves made of wadded silk, and then presented him with kid gloves, also greased inside.Chicot the Jester|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
She now appeared with a bonnet, and a wadded cloak which her master had given her.An Old Man's Love|Anthony Trollope
The Frileuse is a wadded pelisse of satin à la reine or common.
The lines of her figure were shrouded in a loose, wadded gown of dove-coloured silk, bordered with swan's-down.The History of Sir Richard Calmady|Lucas Malet
A hillman walked behind him with a wadded cotton-quilt and spread it carefully by the fire.Kim|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for wad (1 of 2)
- 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
- to hold (a charge) in place with a wad
- to insert a wad into (a gun)