- wadde (obsolete)
Probably short for Middle English wadmal (“woolen cloth”), from Old Norse váðmál (“woolen stuff”), from váð (“cloth”) + mál (“measure”). See wadmal. Cognate with Swedish vadd (“wadding, cotton wool”), German Watte (“wad, padding, cotton wool”), Dutch watten (“cotton wool”), Old English wǣd (“garment, clothing”). More at weed, meal.
wad (plural wads)
- An amorphous, compact mass.
- Our cat loves to play with a small wad of paper.
- A substantial pile (normally of money).
- With a wad of cash like that, she should not have been walking round Manhattan
- A soft plug or seal, particularly as used between the powder and pellets in a shotgun cartridge.
- (vulgar, slang) an ejaculate of semen.
- (mineralogy) Any black manganese oxide or hydroxide mineral rich rock in the oxidized zone of various ore deposits
- To crumple or crush into a compact, amorphous shape or ball.
- She wadded up the scrap of paper and threw it in the trash.
- (Ulster) to wager
- Rhymes: -ɑt
wad m (invariable)
- (mineralogy) wad (manganese ore)
- (South Scots) would