—n. 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. Informal.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. Brit. Dial.a bundle, esp. a small one, of hay, straw, etc.
7. shoot one's wad,Informal. a. to spend all one's money: He shot his wad on a new car. b. 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. c. Slang(vulgar). (of a man) to have an orgasm.
—v.t. 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.
—v.i. to become formed into a wad: The damp tissues had wadded in his pocket.
Pronunciation: (wod),[key] —n. a soft, earthy, black to dark-brown mass of manganese oxide minerals.