B.f. wade


Benjamin Franklin, 1800–78, U.S. lawyer and antislavery politician.
a male given name.
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wade (weɪd)
vb (often foll by through)
1.  to walk with the feet immersed in (water, a stream, etc): the girls waded the river at the ford
2.  to proceed with difficulty: to wade through a book
3.  (intr; foll by in or into) to attack energetically
4.  the act or an instance of wading
[Old English wadan; related to Old Frisian wada, Old High German watan, Old Norse vatha, Latin vadumford]

Wade (weɪd)
(Sarah) Virginia. born 1945, British tennis player: Wimbledon champion 1977

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wadan "to go forward, proceed," in poetic use only, except as oferwaden "wade across," from P.Gmc. *wadan (cf. O.N. vaða, Dan. vade, O.Fris. wada, Du. waden, O.H.G. watan, Ger. waten "to wade"), from PIE base *wadh- "to go," found only in Gmc. and L. (cf. L. vadere "to go," vadum "shoal, ford,"
vadare "to wade"). The notion is of "to advance into water." It. guado, Fr. gué "ford" are Gmc. loan-words. Originally a strong verb (p.t. wod, pp. wad); weak since 16c. Figurative sense of "to go into" (action, battle, etc.) is recorded from late 14c.
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