verb (used without object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
verb (used with object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
- to begin energetically.
- to attack strongly: to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.
Origin of wade
Examples from the Web for wading
After a long day of him wading and me watching him in the muck, cocktails were required.
Wading so directly into Syria's bloody conflict is fraught with pitfalls for the U.S. government.
When the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department stepped into AIG, it was obvious they were wading into a swamp.
Beazley and the judge were wading through the puzzling provenance of an entity called the Siberian Investment Company.Oligarch v. Oligarch: London's Courts Attract Litigious Tycoons|Mike Giglio|July 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
That next morning felt slow and strange, like wading through quicksand.Handcuffs, Ropes, and an Open Window: How I Escaped an Unthinkable Childhood|Genyfer Spark|January 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Some boys had seen them wading it, and stopping to drink and squirt the water out of their trunks.A Boy's Town|W. D. Howells
The Southern army was at once ordered forward in pursuit and in the night the vanguard, wading the Rapidan, followed eagerly.The Sword of Antietam|Joseph A. Altsheler
After wading through hundreds of the most unexceptionable volumes belonging to this class—what has been gained?A Memorial of Mrs. Margaret Breckinridge|Archibald Alexander
The Federals remained in possession of the field and the Confederates were wading through the mud on the road to Corinth.The Civil War Through the Camera|Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
The Platte, usually a shallow stream, was at that place 108 yards wide, and too deep for wading.The Story of the Mormons|William Alexander Linn
British Dictionary definitions for wading (1 of 2)
Word Origin for wade
British Dictionary definitions for wading (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for wading
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.