[ wey-der ]
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  1. a person or thing that wades.

  2. 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.

  1. British. any of various ground-nesting shorebirds of small to moderate size, as the gull, tern, skimmer, phalarope, and plover.

  2. waders, high, waterproof boots used for wading, as by fishermen, duck hunters, or laborers.

Origin of wader

First recorded in 1665–75; wade + -er1

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How to use wader in a sentence

  • Those were slow, silent, often turbid; flowing over beds of mud into which the incautious wader might sink and vanish unawares.

  • 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.

  • A black and white wader, with extremely long red legs; otherwise a gracefully formed bird.

    The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed
  • 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
  • Although he is a wader he wades differently from other birds; and he uses his wings like oars.

British Dictionary definitions for wader


/ (ˈweɪdə) /

  1. a person or thing that wades

  2. 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

  1. a Brit name for shore bird

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