Origin of wade

before 900; Middle English waden to go, wade, Old English wadan to go; cognate with German waten, Old Norse vatha; akin to Old English wæd ford, sea, Latin vadum shoal, ford, vādere to go, rush
Related formsun·wad·ed, adjectiveun·wad·ing, adjective

Synonyms for wade

Wade

[weyd]

noun

Benjamin Franklin,1800–78, U.S. lawyer and antislavery politician.
a male given name.
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Contemporary Examples of wade

Historical Examples of wade

  • Mrs. Wade sighed as she remembered how everyone had flocked around Norah.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • "Does beat all how she kin do it," thought Wade, listlessly.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • "I s'pose you know more'n your father and mother," suggested Wade.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • This time, Mrs. Wade admitted bravely to herself that her jealousy was not for Billy.

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  • "A Wade check is always honored," was his cryptic assertion.

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British Dictionary definitions for wade

wade

verb

to walk with the feet immersed in (water, a stream, etc)the girls waded the river at the ford
(intr often foll by through) to proceed with difficultyto wade through a book
(intr; foll by in or into) to attack energetically

noun

the act or an instance of wading
Derived Formswadable or wadeable, adjective

Word Origin for wade

Old English wadan; related to Old Frisian wada, Old High German watan, Old Norse vatha, Latin vadum ford

Wade

noun

(Sarah) Virginia. born 1945, English tennis player; won three Grand Slam singles titles: US Open (1968), Australian Open (1972), and Wimbledon (1977)
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Word Origin and History for wade
v.

Old English wadan "to go forward, proceed," in poetic use only, except as oferwaden "wade across," from Proto-Germanic *wadan (cf. Old Norse vaða, Danish vade, Old Frisian wada, Dutch waden, Old High German watan, German waten "to wade"), from PIE root *wadh- "to go," found only in Germanic and Latin (cf. Latin vadere "to go," vadum "shoal, ford," vadare "to wade"). Italian guado, French gué "ford" are Germanic loan-words.

Specifically of walking into water from c.1200. Originally a strong verb (past tense wod, past participle wad); weak since 16c. Figurative sense of "to go into" (action, battle, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. Related: Waded; wading.

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