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wad

1 [wod]
noun
1.
a small mass, lump, or ball of anything: a wad of paper; a wad of tobacco.
2.
a small mass of cotton, wool, or other fibrous or soft material, used for stuffing, padding, packing, etc.
3.
a roll of something, especially of bank notes.
4.
Informal. a comparatively large stock or quantity of something, especially money: He's got a healthy wad salted away.
5.
a plug of cloth, tow, paper, or the like, used to hold the powder or shot, or both, in place in a gun or cartridge.
6.
British Dialect. a bundle, especially a small one, of hay, straw, etc.
verb (used with object), wadded, wadding.
7.
to form (material) into a wad.
8.
to roll tightly (often followed by up ): He wadded up his cap and stuck it into his pocket.
9.
to hold in place by a wad: They rammed and wadded the shot into their muskets.
10.
to put a wad into; stuff with a wad.
11.
to fill out with or as if with wadding; stuff; pad: to wad a quilt; to wad a speech with useless information.
verb (used without object), wadded, wadding.
12.
to become formed into a wad: The damp tissues had wadded in his pocket.
Idioms
13.
shoot one's wad, Informal.
a.
to spend all one's money: He shot his wad on a new car.
b.
to expend all one's energies or resources at one time: She shot her wad writing her first novel and her second wasn't as good.
c.
Slang: Vulgar. (of a man) to have an orgasm.

Origin:
1530–40; < Medieval Latin wadda < Arabic bāṭa'in lining of a garment, batting; compare French ouate, Dutch watte, Swedish vadd

wadder, noun
unwadded, adjective
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wad1 (wɒd)
 
n
1.  a small mass or ball of fibrous or soft material, such as cotton wool, used esp for packing or stuffing
2.  a.  a plug of paper, cloth, leather, etc, pressed against a charge to hold it in place in a muzzle-loading cannon
 b.  a disc of paper, felt, pasteboard, etc, used to hold in place the powder and shot in a shotgun cartridge
3.  a roll or bundle of something, esp of banknotes
4.  slang (US), (Canadian) a large quantity, esp of money
5.  dialect (Brit) a bundle of hay or straw
6.  slang (Brit) military a bun: char and a wad
 
vb , wads, wadding, wadded
7.  to form (something) into a wad
8.  (tr) to roll into a wad or bundle
9.  (tr)
 a.  to hold (a charge) in place with a wad
 b.  to insert a wad into (a gun)
10.  (tr) to pack or stuff with wadding; pad
 
[C14: from Late Latin wadda; related to German Watte cotton wool]
 
'wadder1
 
n

wad2 (wɒd)
 
n
a soft dark earthy amorphous material consisting of decomposed manganese minerals: occurs in damp marshy areas
 
[C17: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

wad
1540, "soft material for padding or stuffing," of uncertain origin, and the different meanings may represent more than one source. Among the possible connections are M.L. wadda, Du. watten, and M.E. wadmal (1392) "woolen cloth," which seems to be from O.N. vaðmal "a woolen fabric of Scandinavia,"
probably from vað "cloth" + mal "measure." The meaning "bundle of currency" is Amer.Eng., 1778. The verb is first recorded 1579. To shoot (one's) wad "do all one can do" is recorded from 1914. The immediate source of the expression probably is the noun sense of "disk of cloth used to hold powder and shot in place in a gun." Wad in slang sense of "a load of semen" is attested from 1920s, and the expression now often is felt in this sense. As a suffix, -wad in 1980s joined -bag, -ball, -head in combinations meaning "disgusting or unpleasant person."
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Slang Dictionary

wad definition


  1. n.
    [wɑd]a bundle of money; a bankroll. (Originally underworld. See also tight wad.) : I lost my wad on a rotten horse in the seventh race.
  2. n.
    a gob of semen. : He called the wad a cumquat and thought he'd made a joke.
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