- a person or thing that wades.
- Also called wading bird. any of various large birds having long legs, long necks, and long bills, that are adapted for wading in shallow waters and living on fish, frogs, etc., as the crane, heron, stork, shoebill, ibis, and flamingo.
- British. any of various ground-nesting shorebirds of small to moderate size, as the gull, tern, skimmer, phalarope, and plover.
- waders, high, waterproof boots used for wading, as by fishermen, duck hunters, or laborers.
Origin of wader
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Examples from the Web for wader
Its legs are not long for a wader; its bill is about an inch long.Indian Birds
"I'm only a wader in the edges of the pool, myself," he admitted.The Real Man
But they belong to different orders, one being a climber and the other a wader.The Boy Trapper
The tracks are not in pairs, so the bird does not belong to the perchers; therefore it must be a wader or a swimmer.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
The Bittern is a wader and a recluse, but once in a while, it appears, he has no objection to a clear platform and dry feet.Bird Lore, Volume I--1899
- a person or thing that wades
- Also called: wading bird any of various long-legged birds, esp those of the order Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, etc), that live near water and feed on fish, etc
- a Brit name for shore bird