From Middle English waden, from Old English wadan, from Proto-Germanic *wadaną, from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂dʰ- (“to go”). Cognates include German waten (“wade”) and Latin vādō (“go, walk; rush”) (whence English evade, invade, pervade).
- (intransitive) to walk through water or something that impedes progress.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- So eagerly the fiend […] / With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, / And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
- 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
- After breakfast the men set out to hunt, while the women went to a large pool of warm water covered with a green scum and filled with billions of tadpoles. They waded in to where the water was about a foot deep and lay down in the mud. They remained there from one to two hours and then returned to the cliff.
- (intransitive) to progress with difficulty
- to wade through a dull book
- 1697, “Aeneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: […] Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432:
- And wades through fumes, and gropes his way.
- 1701, Charles Davenant, A Discourse on Grants and Resumptions and Essays on the Balance of Power:
- The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.
- (transitive) to walk through (water or similar impediment); to pass through by wading
- wading swamps and rivers
- (intransitive) To enter recklessly.
- to wade into a fight or a debate
wade (plural wades)
- An act of wading.
- We had to be careful during our dangerous wade across the river.
- (colloquial) A ford; a place to cross a river.
- Obsolete form of .
- Afrikaans: waai
- type of trawl
- Alternative form of