Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


I said, "Yes, 'm, but I am to go in wading when it gets warmer."

And wading into the water, she said in a severe tone, 'I will catch the fish; you can watch me.'

He almost ran down the hill and crossed the creek at the wading place.

I didn't say you had been wading, and I didn't suppose you really had.

Then, wading along the slippery bank, I brought her to the skiff.

Wading in the water, leaping over the stones, clambering on the trunks—aw, dear!

"Cats" were wading out with flagons of water on their shoulders.

He was down the bank like a flash, and wading into the water, regardless of clothes.

I must have been wading up and down the length of the thing.

Well, they aren't wet and they'd get wet if I went in wading.


Old English wadan "to go forward, proceed," in poetic use only, except as oferwaden "wade across," from Proto-Germanic *wadan (cf. Old Norse vaða, Danish vade, Old Frisian wada, Dutch waden, Old High German watan, German waten "to wade"), from PIE root *wadh- "to go," found only in Germanic and Latin (cf. Latin vadere "to go," vadum "shoal, ford," vadare "to wade"). Italian guado, French gué "ford" are Germanic loan-words.

Specifically of walking into water from c.1200. Originally a strong verb (past tense wod, past participle wad); weak since 16c. Figurative sense of "to go into" (action, battle, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. Related: Waded; wading.