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- 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 Wat, Watte (“wad, padding, cotton wool”), Dutch lijnwaad, gewaad, watten (“cotton wool”), Old English wǣd (“garment, clothing”) (English: weed). 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.
- (slang) A sandwich.
- (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.
- To insert or force a wad into.
- to wad a gun
- To stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton.
- to wad a cloak
wad m (invariable)
- (mineralogy) wad (manganese ore)
- (South Scots) would