- Benjamin Franklin,1800–78, U.S. lawyer and antislavery politician.
- a male given name.
- to walk with the feet immersed in (water, a stream, etc)the girls waded the river at the ford
- (intr often foll by through) to proceed with difficultyto wade through a book
- (intr; foll by in or into) to attack energetically
- the act or an instance of wading
- (Sarah) Virginia. born 1945, English tennis player; won three Grand Slam singles titles: US Open (1968), Australian Open (1972), and Wimbledon (1977)
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.