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  • IPA(key): /ˈwɒdi/
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Etymology 1[edit]



waddy (plural waddies)

  1. (colloquial) A cowboy.
    • 1992, Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses:
      This is how it was with the old waddies, aint it?
    • 1968, Charles Portis, True Grit:
      If I ever meet one of you Texas waddies that says he never drank from a horse track I think I will shake his hand and give him a Daniel Webster cigar.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dharug wadi (stick, weapon).

Alternative forms[edit]


waddy (plural waddies)

  1. (Australia) A war club used by Aboriginal Australians; a nulla nulla.
    • 1839, William Mann, Six Years' Residence in the Australian Provinces, page 156,
      After waiting for some time, and nothing being done, I began to think that the settlement tribes were afraid of the mountaineers, whose chosen warriors advanced in a line, striking their shields with their waddies, singing their war-cry, wa-ah ! wa-ah ! wa-ah ! aa-ho ! aa-ho ! aa-ho ! hi-hi-hi !—I should have told you that many of the Amity Paint tribe, which is more numerous than the other two settlement tribes, were deficient of spears and shields, having nothing but waddies and boomerangs.
    • 1840 May—August, Robert Montgomery Martin (editor), Van Diemen's Land, The Colonial Magazine and Commercial-maritime Journal, Volume 2, page 76,
      In the mean while women, children, and remote stock-keepers fell under the unerring spears or death-dealing waddies of an enemy, the first indication of whose appearance was consectaneous with the stroke that reft his victim of life.
    • 2008, Doreen Kartinyeri, Sue Anderson, Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling, page 20,
      The kids would copy the men to make their own cricket stumps, but no-one was allowed to touch Grandfather's special wood for making waddies.
  2. A piece of wood; a stick or peg; also, a walking stick.
Derived terms[edit]


waddy (third-person singular simple present waddies, present participle waddying, simple past and past participle waddied)

  1. (transitive) To attack or beat with an Aboriginal war club.