W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyd]
    • /weɪd/
    • /weɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyd]
    • /weɪd/

Definitions of wading word

  • verb without object wading to walk in water, when partially immersed: He wasn't swimming, he was wading. 1
  • verb without object wading to play in water: The children were wading in the pool most of the afternoon. 1
  • verb without object wading to walk through water, snow, sand, or any other substance that impedes free motion or offers resistance to movement: to wade through the mud. 1
  • verb without object wading to make one's way slowly or laboriously (often followed by through): to wade through a dull book. 1
  • verb without object wading Obsolete. to go or proceed. 1
  • verb with object wading to pass through or cross by wading; ford: to wade a stream. 1

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Origin of wading

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Wading


wading popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wading usage trend in Literature

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