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.

1665–75; wade + -er1

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wader (ˈweɪdə)
1.  a person or thing that wades
2.  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
3.  a Brit name for shore bird

waders (ˈweɪdəz)
pl n
long waterproof boots, sometimes extending to the chest like trousers, worn by anglers

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Word Origin & History

"waterproof high boots," 1841, from wade.
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Example sentences
Or hip waders that allow lousy fly fishermen to sneak up on unsuspecting trout
  and grab them with their bare hands.
These waders feed on minnows in shallow water by using their bills to perform a
  rare and effective fishing technique.
Polyandry is largely confined to fish and birds, especially waders and
It was me, my dad, and my brother that were brave enough to wear waders out in
  the river.
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