- The definition of a wad is a handful or a clump of something.
An example of a wad is a lump of gum under a desk.
- Wad is defined as to roll up or form into a lump.
An example of wad is to form a sheet of paper into a ball.
A wad of paper.
- a small, soft mass or ball, as a handful of cotton, crumpled paper, etc.
- a lump or small, compact mass (of something): a wad of chewing tobacco
- a mass of soft or fibrous material used for padding, packing, stuffing, etc.
- a plug of hemp, tow, paper, etc. stuffed against a charge to keep it firmly in the breech of a muzzleloading gun or in a cartridge
- ☆ Informal a roll of paper money
- ☆ Slang a large amount, esp. of money
Origin of wadMedieval Latin wadda, wadding ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A small mass of soft material, often folded or rolled, used for padding, stuffing, or packing.
- A compressed ball, roll, or lump, as of tobacco or chewing gum.
- a. A plug, as of cloth or paper, used to retain a powder charge in a muzzleloading gun or cannon.b. A disk, as of felt or paper, used to keep the powder and shot in place in a shotgun cartridge.
- Informal A large amount: a wad of troubles.
- Informal a. A sizable roll of paper money.b. A considerable amount of money.
- Vulgar Slang An ejaculation of semen.
transitive verbwad·ded, wad·ding, wads
- To compress into a wad: wad a candy wrapper.
- To pad, pack, line, or plug with wadding: wad a keyhole.
- a. To hold (shot or powder) in place with a wad.b. To insert a wad into (a firearm).
Origin of wadOrigin unknown.
- 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.
(third-person singular simple present wads, present participle wadding, simple past and past participle wadded)
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.