- 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.
- 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.
- wade in/into,
- to begin energetically.
- to attack strongly: to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.
Origin of wade
SynonymsSee more synonyms for wade on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for waded
An older white woman who had waded into the crowd, turned to the four younger women behind her.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
But if Clinton waded into the natural gas debate, she entirely avoided the Keystone one.Hillary Praises Fracking, Stays Silent on Keystone
December 2, 2014
Later that month, Rivers waded into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
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
May 24, 2014
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
April 9, 2014
The fact is, I found all this, and worse; I waded through tons of talk to no result.The Man Shakespeare
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.
He waded to the shore and strode rapidly back toward the boathouse.
- 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
- (Sarah) Virginia. born 1945, English tennis player; won three Grand Slam singles titles: US Open (1968), Australian Open (1972), and Wimbledon (1977)
Word Origin and History for waded
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.