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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wod-ing]
    • /ˈwɒd ɪŋ/
    • /ˈwɒd.ɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wod-ing]
    • /ˈwɒd ɪŋ/

Definitions of wadding word

  • noun wadding a small mass, lump, or ball of anything: a wad of paper; a wad of tobacco. 1
  • noun wadding a small mass of cotton, wool, or other fibrous or soft material, used for stuffing, padding, packing, etc. 1
  • noun wadding a roll of something, especially of bank notes. 1
  • noun wadding Informal. a comparatively large stock or quantity of something, especially money: He's got a healthy wad salted away. 1
  • noun wadding a plug of cloth, tow, paper, or the like, used to hold the powder or shot, or both, in place in a gun or cartridge. 1
  • noun wadding British Dialect. a bundle, especially a small one, of hay, straw, etc. 1

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Origin of wadding

First appearance:

before 1620
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1620-30; wad1 + -ing1

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Parts of speech for Wadding


wadding popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for wadding

noun wadding

  • padding — a dull, muffled sound, as of footsteps on the ground.
  • lining — a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.
  • insulation — material used for insulating.
  • lagging — one of the staves or strips that form the periphery of a wooden drum, the casing of a steam cylinder, or the like.
  • filling — a full supply; enough to satisfy want or desire: to eat one's fill.

verb wadding

  • break down — If a machine or a vehicle breaks down, it stops working.
  • buckle — A buckle is a piece of metal or plastic attached to one end of a belt or strap, which is used to fasten it.
  • crush — To crush something means to press it very hard so that its shape is destroyed or so that it breaks into pieces.
  • scrunch — to crunch, crush, or crumple.
  • collapse — If a building or other structure collapses, it falls down very suddenly.

Antonyms for wadding

noun wadding

  • emptiness — The state of containing nothing.
  • opening — an open or clear space.
  • poverty — the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Synonyms: privation, neediness, destitution, indigence, pauperism, penury. Antonyms: riches, wealth, plenty.
  • exteriority — Surface; externality.
  • outside — the outer side, surface, or part; exterior: The outside of the house needs painting.

verb wadding

  • flatten — to make flat.
  • rise — to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture; assume an upright position: She rose and walked over to greet me. With great effort he rose to his knees.
  • smooth — free from projections or unevenness of surface; not rough: smooth wood; a smooth road.
  • straighten — make straight
  • allow — If someone is allowed to do something, it is all right for them to do it and they will not get into trouble.

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