Definition of wad noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɑːd//
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  1. 1a thick pile of pieces of paper, paper money, etc. folded or rolled together He pulled a thick wad of £10 notes out of his pocket. (British English, slang) They had a wad/wads of money (= a large amount). She came in with tears streaming down her face, clutching a wad of tissues.
  2. 2a mass of soft material, used for blocking something or keeping something in place The nurse used a wad of cotton wool to stop the bleeding.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting wadding): perhaps related to Dutch watten, French ouate ‘padding, cotton wool’.
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