Wade a swift creek.
To wade a brook.
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.
To wade through a long report.
Wading swamps and rivers.
To wade into a fight or a debate.
Origin of wade
- Middle English waden from Old English wadan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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).
- From the Old English for a ford.