wade [weyd] /weɪd/ Show IPA verb, waded, wading, noun
verb phrase 1
verb (used without object)
to walk in water, when partially immersed:
He wasn't swimming, he was wading.
to play in water:
The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon.
to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement:
to wade through the mud.
to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often followed by through
to wade through a dull book.
Obsolete. to go or proceed.
verb (used with object)
to pass through or cross by wading; ford:
to wade a stream.
an act or instance of wading:
We went for a wade in the shallows.
to begin energetically.
to attack strongly:
to wade into a thoughtless child; to wade into a mob of rioters.
before 900; Middle English waden to go, wade, Old English wadan to go; cognate with German waten, Old Norse vatha; akin to Old English wæd ford, sea, Latin vadum shoal, ford, vādere to go, rush
4. labor, toil, plod, plow, work.