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wade

[weyd]
verb (used without object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
  1. to walk in water, when partially immersed: He wasn't swimming, he was wading.
  2. to play in water: The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon.
  3. to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement: to wade through the mud.
  4. to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often followed by through): to wade through a dull book.
  5. Obsolete. to go or proceed.
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verb (used with object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
  1. to pass through or cross by wading; ford: to wade a stream.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of wading: We went for a wade in the shallows.
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Verb Phrases
  1. wade in/into,
    1. to begin energetically.
    2. to attack strongly: to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.
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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

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Examples from the Web for waded

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  • The fact is, I found all this, and worse; I waded through tons of talk to no result.

  • Robin waded to shore, and the friar, half swimming and half scrambling, followed.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • It is to be waded in the riffles, so that he can cross from one shore to the other as the mood suits him.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • She waded forward to where the shoal ended and the deeper part began.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He waded to the shore and strode rapidly back toward the boathouse.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for waded

wade

verb
  1. to walk with the feet immersed in (water, a stream, etc)the girls waded the river at the ford
  2. (intr often foll by through) to proceed with difficultyto wade through a book
  3. (intr; foll by in or into) to attack energetically
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of wading
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Derived Formswadable or wadeable, adjective

Word Origin

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

Wade

noun
  1. (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 waded

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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