A little girl wades in the water.
- To wade is to walk through a shallow area of water or other substance or to move slowly through something tedious.
- An example of wade is when you walk through two feet of water on the edge of a lake.
- An example of wade is when you slowly read through a long and dense book.
intransitive verbwaded, wading
- to walk through any substance, as water, mud, snow, sand, tall grass, etc., that offers resistance
- to walk about in shallow water, as for amusement
- to go forward with effort or difficulty: to wade through a long report
- ☆ Informal to move energetically into action; attack with vigor: with in or into
- Obsolete to go; proceed; pass
Origin of wadeMiddle English waden ; from Old English to go, akin to German waten, to wade ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wādh-, to go, stride forward from source Classical Latin vadere, to go, vadare, to wade
verbwad·ed, wad·ing, wades
Origin of wadeMiddle English waden, from Old English wadan.
(third-person singular simple present wades, present participle wading, simple past and past participle waded)
- (intransitive) to walk through water or something that impedes progress.
- (intransitive) to progress with difficulty
- to wade through a dull book
- 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
- an act of wading
Old English wadan, from Proto-Germanic *wadanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *wadh- "to go". Cognates include Latin vadere "go, walk; rush" (whence English invade, evade).
- Obsolete form of woad.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Technically, Wade should only refer to the system of Chinese romanization developed by Thomas Wade prior to the contributions and adjustments made by Herbert Giles. In practice, it was often used as a shorthand for the more proper term Wade-Giles.
From the Old English for a ford.