verb (used without object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
verb (used with object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
- to begin energetically.
- to attack strongly: to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.
Origin of wade
Definition for wade (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for wade
There are no emails for us to wade through—even if we were champing at the bits.
They were busily implementing these in cases like Roe v. Wade when a right-wing insurgency took them by surprise.
To be sure, a more activist Supreme Court could still have decided to wade into the waters and decide this issue once and for all.
In the eloquent words of colonial preacher John Winthrop, “When a man is to wade through deep water, there is required tallness.”For Short Men in 2014, The News Is Surprisingly Good|Kevin Bleyer|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Safechuck added his name to a suit originally filed by Wade Robson in May 2013.Exclusive: Michael Jackson Hit With New Sex Abuse Claim|Diane Dimond|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I wonder what's in it," said Sue, as her brother and Harry prepared to wade out.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove|Laura Lee Hope
He sneered this word every time he used it in his talk with Wade.
Who to-day could wade through with children the good-goody books of that generation?Forgotten Books of the American Nursery|Rosalie V. Halsey
If Wade had been seeking to provoke, he could have chosen no more unfortunate words.
Only Wade would have been considered a "big" man by the average person, for the average man was over six feet tall.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for wade (1 of 2)
Word Origin for wade
British Dictionary definitions for wade (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for wade
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.