See also: Wade and wadę

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English waden, from Old English wadan, from Proto-Germanic *wadaną, from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂dʰ- (to go). Cognates include German waten (wade) and Latin vādō (go, walk; rush) (whence English evade, invade, pervade).

VerbEdit

wade (third-person singular simple present wades, present participle wading, simple past and past participle waded)

  1. (intransitive) to walk through water or something that impedes progress.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      So eagerly the fiend [] / With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, / And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      After breakfast the men set out to hunt, while the women went to a large pool of warm water covered with a green scum and filled with billions of tadpoles. They waded in to where the water was about a foot deep and lay down in the mud. They remained there from one to two hours and then returned to the cliff.
  2. (intransitive) to progress with difficulty
    to wade through a dull book
    • 1697, “Aeneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      And wades through fumes, and gropes his way.
    • 1701, Charles Davenant, A Discourse on Grants and Resumptions and Essays on the Balance of Power:
      The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.
  3. (transitive) to walk through (water or similar impediment); to pass through by wading
    wading swamps and rivers
  4. (intransitive) To enter recklessly.
    to wade into a fight or a debate
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NounEdit

wade (plural wades)

  1. An act of wading.
    We had to be careful during our dangerous wade across the river.}}
  2. (colloquial) A ford; a place to cross a river.
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NounEdit

wade (uncountable)

  1. Obsolete form of woad.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for wade in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch wade, from Old Dutch *watho, from Proto-Germanic *waþwô.

Cognate with German Wade (calf (of leg)), Swedish vad (calf (of leg)) and Afrikaans waai (popliteal).

NounEdit

wade f (plural waden, diminutive waadje n)

  1. popliteus
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  • Afrikaans: waai

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

wade f (plural waden, diminutive waadje n)

  1. shroud
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle Dutch wade, reformed from waet through influence of the collective gewade (modern gewaad). Further from Old Dutch *wāt, from Proto-Germanic *wēd-.

Cognate with Middle High German wāt, Old Saxon wād, Old English wǣd, Old Norse váð.

NounEdit

wade f (plural waden, diminutive waadje n)

  1. type of trawl
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VerbEdit

wade

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of waden

Middle EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

wade

  1. Alternative form of waden