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.
- waddesdon manor,
- wade in,
- wade, benjamin franklin,
- wade-giles system,
Origin of wade
Examples from the Web for waded
But if Clinton waded into the natural gas debate, she entirely avoided the Keystone one.Hillary Praises Fracking, Stays Silent on Keystone|David Freedlander|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Later that month, Rivers waded into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
If there are no police around, you might see women who have waded into the water, fully dressed in coats, pants and headscarves.Operation Wholesome Sea: Iran Coast Guard Forces Women Off Beaches|IranWire|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was “overcome with fear,” at which point he waded through the darkness in order to retrieve his gun from under the bed.Oscar Pistorius’s Sobbing Fit On The Witness Stand|Kelly Berold|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before Mitch McConnell waded clumsily into the debate, it looked a winnable argument for the Republicans.
Sunfish scrambled with his feet for secure footing, found it and waded up to the front door.The Lure of the Dim Trails|by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
He waded to his boat and rowed rapidly across stream once more.
It is known, however, that she waded in through miles of mud and water, and was nothing daunted by the experience.Pioneering in Cuba|James Meade Adams
We have waded at last through the intricate forest, and halt in an open plain.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba|Walter Goodman
We climbed mountains, threaded defiles, waded through stream and swamp.
Word Origin 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.