[ weyd ]
/ weɪd /
verb (used without object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
to walk in water, when partially immersed: He wasn't swimming, he was wading.
to play in water: The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon.
to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement: to wade through the mud.
to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often followed by through): to wade through a dull book.
Obsolete. to go or proceed.
verb (used with object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
to pass through or cross by wading; ford: to wade a stream.
an act or instance of wading: We went for a wade in the shallows.
- to begin energetically.
- to attack strongly: to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for wade in (1 of 2)
/ (weɪd) /
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
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
British Dictionary definitions for wade in (2 of 2)
/ (weɪd) /
(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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Idioms and Phrases with wade in
Also, wade into. Plunge into, begin or attack resolutely and energetically, as in She waded into that pile of correspondence. This idiom transfers entering water to beginning some action. [Mid-1800s]
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