Origin of wadding
verb (used with object), wad·ded, wad·ding.
verb (used without object), wad·ded, wad·ding.
Origin of wad1
Related Words for waddinglump, chunk, clump, packet, bundle, stuffing, mixture, layer, dressing, covering, Styrofoam, stuff, cover, fill, wedge, shove, stow, pack, pad, cram
Examples from the Web for wadding
Historical Examples of wadding
He was wadding his bunk with the hay, while the others looked on rather enviously.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Where the edges were too sharp they were beaten in by a mallet, or altered by glueing on wadding.Practical Taxidermy
Several times, also, she had been on fire from the wadding which came blazing on board.True Blue
She softened: "Get me some wadding out of the middle drawer," she said.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
He flourished in the fourteenth century; according to Wadding, 1376.The Grey Friars in Oxford
Andrew G. Little
- any fibrous or soft substance used as padding, stuffing, etc, esp sheets of carded cotton prepared for the purpose
- a piece of this
- 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."