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wade

[weyd]
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verb (used without object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
  1. to walk in water, when partially immersed: He wasn't swimming, he was wading.
  2. to play in water: The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon.
  3. to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement: to wade through the mud.
  4. to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often followed by through): to wade through a dull book.
  5. Obsolete. to go or proceed.
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verb (used with object), wad·ed, wad·ing.
  1. to pass through or cross by wading; ford: to wade a stream.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of wading: We went for a wade in the shallows.
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Verb Phrases
  1. wade in/into,
    1. to begin energetically.
    2. to attack strongly: to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.
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Origin of wade

before 900; Middle English waden to go, wade, Old English wadan to go; cognate with German waten, Old Norse vatha; akin to Old English wæd ford, sea, Latin vadum shoal, ford, vādere to go, rush
Related formsun·wad·ed, adjectiveun·wad·ing, adjective

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Related Words for wading

bathe, trek, splash, stumble, paddle, attempt, toil, launch, initiate, attack, drudge, tackle, labor, walk, start, ford

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Historical Examples of wading

  • I said, "Yes, 'm, but I am to go in wading when it gets warmer."

    W. A. G.'s Tale

    Margaret Turnbull

  • And wading into the water, she said in a severe tone, 'I will catch the fish; you can watch me.'

  • He almost ran down the hill and crossed the creek at the wading place.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I didn't say you had been wading, and I didn't suppose you really had.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Then, wading along the slippery bank, I brought her to the skiff.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for wading

wade

verb
  1. to walk with the feet immersed in (water, a stream, etc)the girls waded the river at the ford
  2. (intr often foll by through) to proceed with difficultyto wade through a book
  3. (intr; foll by in or into) to attack energetically
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of wading
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Derived Formswadable or wadeable, adjective

Word Origin for wade

Old English wadan; related to Old Frisian wada, Old High German watan, Old Norse vatha, Latin vadum ford

Wade

noun
  1. (Sarah) Virginia. born 1945, English tennis player; won three Grand Slam singles titles: US Open (1968), Australian Open (1972), and Wimbledon (1977)
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Word Origin and History for wading

wade

v.

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.

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