Meaning of wad


Pronunciation: (wod), [key]
— n., v., wad•ded, wad•ding.
  1. a small mass, lump, or ball of anything: a wad of paper; a wad of tobacco.
  2. a small mass of cotton, wool, or other fibrous or soft material, used for stuffing, padding, packing, etc.
  3. a roll of something, esp. of bank notes.
  4. a comparatively large stock or quantity of something, esp. money: He's got a healthy wad salted away.
  5. 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.
  6. a bundle, esp. a small one, of hay, straw, etc.
  7. He shot his wad on a new car.
    1. to spend all one's money:He shot his wad on a new car.
    2. to expend all one's energies or resources at one time:She shot her wad writing her first novel and her second wasn't as good.
    3. Slang (vulgar). (of a man) to have an orgasm.
  1. to form (material) into a wad.
  2. to roll tightly (often fol. by up): He wadded up his cap and stuck it into his pocket.
  3. to hold in place by a wad: They rammed and wadded the shot into their muskets.
  4. to put a wad into; stuff with a wad.
  5. to fill out with or as if with wadding; stuff; pad: to wad a quilt; to wad a speech with useless information.
  1. to become formed into a wad: The damp tissues had wadded in his pocket.


Pronunciation: (wod), [key]
  1. a soft, earthy, black to dark-brown mass of manganese oxide minerals.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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