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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
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plural noun
long waterproof boots, sometimes extending to the chest like trousers, worn by anglers


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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Word Origin and History for waders

"waterproof high boots," 1841, plural agent noun from wade.

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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.
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