1. a roll of money; by ext, a quantity of money, a payment.
|Niles’ Register VII 205/2: He then rammed both hands into his trowsers’ pockets, and drew out handfuls of notes ruffled into wads [DA].|
|Rags and Hope in Lasswell (1961) 159: He was invited over, with the modest request from Bill and Dick to ‘bring his wad with him.’.|
|Wahpeton Times (Dakota, ND) 29 June 2/5: His eye lighted on Mr Williams’ wad [...] In an instant he had the wad out and slipped off the rubber band.|
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 35: He shoved a wad in my fist.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 212: In the old days, when a man had a good sized wad, he carried it about, flashing it pridefully.|
|Sporting Times 11 Feb. 3/1: And the rates go up, up, up / And our wads go down, down, down.|
|Perrysburg Jrnl (Wood Co., OH) 22 May 2/2: This is no needle monologue, but the goods, and I have the Wad to back it.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 7 June 9/6: Slang of Money [...] It has been called ‘the actual, the blunt, hard, dirt, evil, flimsy, gilt, iron, John Davis, lurries, moss, oil of angels, pieces, rowdy, spondulicks, tin, wad’ .|
|Big Town 76: I made four straight passes with the whole roll riding each time and with all that wad parked on the two thousand dollar rug, I shot a five and a three.|
|Chicago May (1929) 102: I was wise to the fact that he had a large wad on him.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 87: I just wish you had got this bank here ’fore it [...] took my wad.|
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 88: Bill fingered the wad and peeled off seven one-pound notes.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 172: Everyone knowing the kind of wad Louie had carried.|
|Viper 121: I had a bank balance now [...] and a wad tucked away in the pad that would have made a screwsman’s eyes gleam.|
|Scene (1996) 67: We could really score if we had a nice wad with us.|
|(con. 1900s) Wilder Shore 112: An alley was a good place [...] to conch (blackjack) a man flashing a wad.|
|Jones Men 174: Tommy [...] tucked the wad in his robe pocket.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 178: Stacks Edwards sees my wad and starts doing his ‘black dude’ number. ‘How come I’m fucking broke and all you whities from the May-fia got the money?’.|
|Filth 167: I delight in ostentatiously flashing my wad around.|
|Guardian Travel 9 Oct. 2: I peel off a couple of one dollar bills from my modest wad.|
|Indep. Rev. 21 Feb. 4: John gave him a wad.|
|Soho 96: When it came to peeling off the dosh, which he had done from a wad of readies on the bedside table, Brendan had been too pissed [...] to count properly.|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] The first wad her old man had laid on me I gave mostly to her.|
2. money in general; thus wadded, possessing a good deal of money.
|Americanisms 296: Money itself has in the United States, as in England, probably more designations than any other object – liquor alone excepted [...] tow, wad (both of them evidently tailors’ slang).|
|Rolling Stones (1913) 243: I’d rather distribute a coat of red / On the town with a wad of dough.‘Chanson de Bohême’ in|
|Arizona Nights 21: Think of all the wads he raked in!|
|Star (Sydney) 29 Dec. 4/4: ‘Don’t he shoot in his wad every month on booze and gambling? Yes. Did he over save a cent, in his life?|
|His Last Bow in Baring-Gould (1968) II 799: It’s cost me two hundred pounds from first to last, so it isn’t likely I’d give it up without gettin’ my wad.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 758: A swell apartment [...] and a nice wad stocked away.Judgement Day in|
|Knock on Any Door 205: Nick had a wad he had won in a crap game.|
|Swell-Looking Babe 139: You’re the sole heir to a nice juicy wad.|
|Reinhart in Love (1963) 3: Confidence men who lay in wait for veterans wadded with mustering-out money.|
3. a drink of alcohol.
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 20 Dec. 1/2: ‘Let’s have a wad,’ said the empty shell to the charged cartridge.?’ ‘Oh, Lord! no! I'm loaded to the neck now’.|
|Hibiscus Heart 160: ‘He doesn’t drink, does he?’ ‘No: not more than any of us! Has a wad occasionally . . . Sometimes a double-header . . . but I’ve never seem him helpless.’.|
|Cobbers 210: I’ve had as many wads as he has; but by Jes’ I can carryemberrer!|
4. (Aus./US) a large quantity of a commodity.
|Pink ’Un and Pelican 178: This actin’ bloke’s a-going to git it in the neck if I sinks me wad!|
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 18: I had wasted a wad of cries that would float the Maine.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 156: She and the Children would come in for a whole Wad of Money.|
|Dubliners (1956) 159: He takes up a wad of cabbage on the spoon and pegs it across the room.‘Grace’|
|Beating Back in Hamilton (1952) 93: The bigs wads of money [...] generally go under the seats.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 19 Nov. 5s/4: I’ve made my wad of boodle and I’ve had my whack of graft.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 101: Wads of stuff about the dresses. I didn’t know Jeeves was such an authority.|
|AS IV:5 357: If you wish to boast of having a great deal of money, you may speak of having gobs, oodles, piles, scads, or wads of it, or a wad of lettuce, meaning a big roll of bills or, inelegantly, of being filthy or lousy with money.‘Sl. Terms for Money’ in|
|Fatal Pay-off 56: He wouldn’t be riding around with strangers — especially if he was carrying a wad of numbers pool money.|
|Long Good-Bye 59: I don’t mean anything crude like a wad of dough.|
|All Night Stand 87: They paid up in wads of marks and fat chinking coins.|
|Family Arsenal 25: He [...] took out a wad of five-pound notes the thickness of a sandwich.|
|Guardian Editor 3 Sept. 18: The best and biggest wads of spit they could produce.|
|Indep. Rev. 26 Aug. 2: My wallet, with its wad of Fringe tickets, is still in my back pocket.|
|Layer Cake 49: She’s ironin out huge wads of loot every day.|
|Indep. Rev. 7 Mar. 7: Rachel produces a balled up wad of loo paper.|
|Esquire 1 Sept. [Internet] He was on a sales call about to land a cushty deal and nail a wad of commish.|
5. (orig. milit.) food, esp. a bun, cake or sandwich. In all cases its filling qualities are more important than taste etc; thus char and wads, tea and buns .
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 346: Cup and Wad. Cup of tea and a bun in the canteen.|
|Mint (1955) 61: We drank tea and ate wads, awaiting dinner.|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 88: Slipping out for a tea ’n’ a wad when on fatigue, for instance. Skiving.|
|Breaking of Bumbo (1961) 128: Char and wad in the square at five o’clock.|
|Teachers (1962) 240: Nine lumps and a wad, mate.|
|Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) 18: ‘Cup of char and a wad,’ he said. ‘Come again’ said the proprietor. ‘Another cup of tea and a slice of that cake.’.|
|1985 (1980) 135: We give them the odd wad like we’re doing to you.|
|London Fields 302: You could have treated me to ‘a wad and char.’.|
|Brummagem Dict. [Internet] wad n. a slice of cake.|
6. (drugs) a bag of tobacco or marijuana.
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] wad n. [...] (3) a bag of tobacco or marijuana.|
|(con. WWI) Old Soldiers Never Die (1964) 119: If a teetotaller he was known as a ‘char wallah’, ‘bun-puncher’ or ‘wad-shifter.’.|
(US) to spend all one’s money.
|Seeds of Man (1995) 275: Maybe he’s too busy a-blowin’ his wad on one o’ them high nosey dames, kind that ya’ve gotta cram ’er hole with a thousand-dollar bill, an’ light up a big ha’f dollar seegar in ’er ass t’ git ’er juicy, t’ git ’em warmed up fer fockin’.|
|Land Rover Owner Daily Digest 2 June [Internet] My business dealings with Seth and his company are limited (I blew my wad restoring my L-R before meeting him), but I have no negative memories.|
|On the Whispering Wind 112: They blow their wad [...] on long circuitous cab rides, as Cassidy describes them, ‘from East Jesus to West Buttfuck.’.|
(US) to suffer whatever is worst.
|Once an Eagle 186: I’ve bought the whole wad. I know [...] I’m going to check out [die], Sam.|
(US) a wealthy individual.
|Side-stepping with Shorty 9: Looks like all the fat wads in New York was gettin’ to know about Shorty McCabe.|
(Aus./US) an exceptionally impressive roll of cash.
|Typographical Jrnl 64 516/1: M. W. Sills is[...] lugging around a wad that would choke an ostrich, or, possibly, an alligator, as proof of his puissant prescience as a political prognosticator.|
|Big Sleep 158: Riding the scout car with a gun on your life and a wad on your hip that would choke a coal chute.|
|in These Are My People (1957) 143: This time I had piled up a wad that would choke a donkey, then I blew the lot.|
|Drum 120: A large roll of banknotes [...] a roll that would choke an anteater, a roll big enough to choke a bullock, a wad that would choke a wombat.|
|Decent Ride 344: Terry digs into his pockets and peels off three hundred in fifties from a horse-choker of a wad.|