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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.
  3. British. any of various ground-nesting shorebirds of small to moderate size, as the gull, tern, skimmer, phalarope, and plover.
  4. 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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Related Words for waders

footwear, oxford, brogan, galoshes, waders, mukluk

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pl n
  1. long waterproof boots, sometimes extending to the chest like trousers, worn by anglers


  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
  3. 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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