- 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.
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- 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: ML wadda, wadding from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- wadder noun
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- 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.
- To compress into a wad.
- To pad, pack, line, or plug with wadding.
- a. To hold (shot or powder) in place with a wad.b. To insert a wad into (a firearm).
Origin: Origin unknown.