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

First recorded in 1665–75; wade + -er1
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  • It is about the size of a duck, its legs being shorter, in proportion to its body, than those of waders in general.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Their food consists chiefly of hares, Ducks and Waders which abound in the far north.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

  • The numerous aquatic birds and waders which come with the dry weather give the river a lively, pleasant appearance.

    Lost in the Jungle

    Paul Du Chaillu

  • The Flamingo is one of the most curious of the tribe of Waders.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • The air is found darkened by the flight of innumerable water fowl, fish-hawks, cranes, and waders of many varieties.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

British Dictionary definitions for waders


pl n

long waterproof boots, sometimes extending to the chest like trousers, worn by anglers



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
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Word Origin and History for waders

"waterproof high boots," 1841, plural agent noun from wade.

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