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[wey-der] /ˈweɪ dər/
a person or thing that wades.
Also called wading bird. any of various large birds having long legs, long necks, and long bills, that are adapted for wading in shallow waters and living on fish, frogs, etc., as the crane, heron, stork, shoebill, ibis, and flamingo.
British. any of various ground-nesting shorebirds of small to moderate size, as the gull, tern, skimmer, phalarope, and plover.
waders, high, waterproof boots used for wading, as by fishermen, duck hunters, or laborers.
Origin of wader
1665-75; wade + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Its legs are not long for a wader; its bill is about an inch long.

    Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • But they belong to different orders, one being a climber and the other a wader.

    The Boy Trapper Harry Castlemon
  • The lengthened feathers on the back of its head, forming a crest, at once distinguish it from every other British wader.

  • The tracks are not in pairs, so the bird does not belong to the perchers; therefore it must be a wader or a swimmer.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • Occasionally the wader steps into a deep hole, but this causes not the slightest flurry.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • The Bittern is a wader and a recluse, but once in a while, it appears, he has no objection to a clear platform and dry feet.

  • Ludwig Kumlien says that the purple sandpiper is the first wader to arrive in the spring at Cumberland Sound.

  • You've seen her—the sallow thing with the greasy light-coloured fringe in curlers, who walks flat-footed like a wader on the mud.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Although he is a wader he wades differently from other birds; and he uses his wings like oars.

  • "I'm only a wader in the edges of the pool, myself," he admitted.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for wader


a person or thing that wades
Also called wading bird. any of various long-legged birds, esp those of the order Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, etc), that live near water and feed on fish, etc
a Brit name for shore bird
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A disgusting or unpleasant person •Used as second formative in dickwad, dipwad, dripwad, phlegmwad, jerkwad, scumwad, and tightwad; -wad joins -bag, -ball and -head as very productive elements for forming insults

[1980s+ & '90s teenagers; fr several sources: wad as defined above; wad, ''an unattractive or unpopular person,'' in late 1800s college slang; wad, ''a quantum of semen,'' fr 1920s; wad, ''a mass or lump of something''; wad, ''the male genitals,'' recently attested but not widespread]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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