Definition of gadwall in US English:


nounPlural gadwalls

  • A brownish-gray freshwater duck found across Eurasia and North America.

    Anas strepera, family Anatidae

    • ‘During teal season, hunters must be careful not to shoot the occasional shoveler, pintail or gadwall flying alone, which provide no size reference, or rolling with a squadron of teal.’
    • ‘Other migratory birds observed in the shallow waters were bar headed geese, open bill storks, northern pintails, gadwalls, curlews, black tailed godwits, spoonbills, green shanks, red shanks and so on.’
    • ‘On the sounds, widgeon, teal, gadwalls, pintails and black ducks concentrate following a freeze.’
    • ‘With their drab plumage, it is not unusual to mistake a gadwall for a hen mallard at a distance.’
    • ‘Beyond teal, his hunters returned with mixed straps that included shovelers, gadwalls and mottled ducks.’


Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.