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 formswad·der, nounun·wad·ded, adjective
Examples from the Web for wadded
There were some wadded quilts on the ground, and another covered a form of which nothing was visible but two feet, deadly cold.Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I (of 2)|Isabella L. Bird
The soldiers wore coats of mail of wadded cotton, which neither arrow nor javelin could easily penetrate.Hernando Cortez|John S. C. Abbott
A boy's overcoat was under him—a little round-about, wadded up, was his pillow.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore
“Yes, it was wadded up inside an old cigarette case,” Dan explained.Dan Carter and the River Camp|Mildred A. Wirt
First of all, mattresses and wadded coverlets must be stowed away in a cupboard.Our Little Turkish Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
British Dictionary definitions for wadded (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
verb wads, wadding or wadded
- to hold (a charge) in place with a wad
- to insert a wad into (a gun)