Word of the week: To wade

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday I had plenty of time to wade in on many discussions either on ‘linkedin’ or various news websites. This is partly why I have this week chosen this verb: to wade.

‘To wade’: regular verb


1: walk with effort through water or another liquid or viscous substance

The couple waded through the water to get to safety. (see picture above)

2: To wade through something: read laboriously through

I waded through ‘War and Peace’.

3: To wade in (as used in my introduction) (informal): intervene in something or attack someone vigorously or forcefully

I waded in on many discussions.

Ethymology: Old English wadan ‘move onward,’ also ‘penetrate,’ from a Germanic word meaning ‘go (through),’ from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vadere ‘go,’ as in vade mecum.

There are also two nouns (countable):

1: Wade(s): The act of wading

2: Wader:

a: A type of bird that wades (verb meaning 1) (see picture below)


b: High waterproof boots worn by anglers. (see picture below)



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