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.
Origin of wad1
Related Words for waddedstuffed, coated, stuff, cover, fill, wedge, shove, stow, pack, pad, cram, squeeze, crush, buckle, scrunch, faced, encrusted, sheathed, brushed, wadded
Examples from the Web for wadded
Historical Examples of wadded
In the fog it sounded like an immense humming in a wadded room.The English at the North Pole
His right hand was still on his pistol, the wadded page of the register in the other.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
The term was also given to a stitched, wadded lining for body armour.Quilts
Marie D. Webster
Taking it from her, he wadded it up and threw it back into the kitchen.'Me-Smith'
Brett pulled off his damp coat, wadded it, jammed it under the flow.It Could Be Anything
John Keith Laumer
- 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
1570s, from wad (n.). Related: Wadded; wadding.
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."