Definition of wader in English:



  • 1A person or animal, especially a bird, that wades, in particular.

    • ‘More than 30,000 overwintering seabirds and tens of thousands of waders were killed in the Arabian Gulf due to resulting oil spills.’
    • ‘This involves hosing down of all boats, skis, waders or other equipment to prevent them being transported from one lake to another.’
    • ‘It was low tide, so there were plenty of waders feeding on the muddy banks.’
    • ‘Fights between spotted sandpipers, a North American wader, can get especially nasty.’
    • ‘Had good birding around the township area particularly of waders & waterfowls, however the Pied kingfishers were nowhere to be seen this time.’
    • ‘The meadows are also important for breeding waders including redshank and curlew.’
    • ‘The Hunter Bird Observers Club has been monitoring migratory waders for the last five years to understand how they use the estuary.’
    • ‘In contrast, obtuse formations are expected in large flocks of unrelated individuals, such as spring flocks of waders migrating long distances.’
    • ‘On the beach at Bolonia and out to sea, we managed to find most of the waders seen yesterday, plus Gannets and a solitary shearwater.’
    • ‘In addition to rare plants and wildflowers, you'll find hawks and ospreys lining the river and a host of waders along the shoreline.’
    • ‘To the arctic waders, the sewage ponds are a haven where they can rest, feed and nest.’
    • ‘The water level at the Dehesa de Abajo is now very low, but the place was alive with birds, especially waders, ducks and coots.’
    • ‘The buzzard is the main predator of pheasants and partridge and also preys on songbirds and waders.’
    • ‘Potentially many species can get infected but the mostly likely carriers are waterfowl, waders and gulls.’
    • ‘My colleague, Jim and I hit Lake Law and A.E. Sea first, looking for waders and waterfowl.’
    • ‘These biologically productive habitats, with their characteristic saltmarsh and mud-dwelling communities, are the wintering haunt of wildfowl and waders in tens of thousands.’
    • ‘Gerry then started talking about how great chest waders are as they allow you to get better access to some stretches of the river.’
    • ‘These are of very high nature conservation importance as feeding and resting areas for internationally important populations migrant and over-wintering wildfowl and waders.’
    • ‘It was almost low-tide and there were a good number of waders and gulls feeding fairly close by.’
    • ‘Some weeks back, there was a breathtaking fly past of black-tailed godwits, as hundreds of these Pinocchio beaked waders swirled and wheeled with perfect unison before settling.’
    1. 1.1British A wading bird of the order Charadriiformes, which comprises the sandpipers, plovers, and related birds.
      Also called shorebird, especially in North America
      • ‘Swimmers and waders accounted for only 37 percent, though many more people swim or wade than surf or windsurf.’
      • ‘The mid-May surf run was a bonus for waders and pier and jetty fishermen.’
      • ‘The wise wader puts ‘witness marks’ or small dots on the blank of a favorite rod.’
      • ‘The wader armed with a suitable fly rod is in excellent position to take advantage of this seasonal situation.’
      • ‘The meadows are also important for breeding waders including redshank and curlew.’
      • ‘A giant among waders, the curlew is unmistakable with long bill and legs.’
      • ‘When I began birding three waders: lapwing, redshank and snipe were all common breeders in many areas of Norfolk.’
      • ‘Swimmers and waders were involved in 22 attacks and divers/snorkelers were victims in four.’
      • ‘In Scotland, gamekeepers blame the buzzard, a protected bird, for the deaths of thousands of partridges, pheasants, and waders such as curlews and plovers.’
      • ‘Our efforts will undoubtedly have been of great benefit to the important populations of wader birds on the islands.’
      gumboot, wellington, wader, walking boot, riding boot, field boot, jackboot, thigh boot, half-boot, ankle boot, pixie boot, chelsea boot, balmoral, desert boot, moon boot, snow boot
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    2. 1.2North American A wading bird of the order Ciconiiformes, which comprises the herons, storks, and ibises.
      • ‘These are apt descriptions for that wondrous wader, the Black-crowned Night-Heron.’
      • ‘At Laurel Hill, you can spot waders such as herons, egrets, bitterns and glossy ibis, and predators such as ospreys, hawks, falcons and owls, with even the occasional bald eagle.’
      • ‘In addition to rare plants and wildflowers, you'll find hawks and ospreys lining the river and a host of waders along the shoreline.’
      • ‘In waders and shorebirds, which have large eggs for their body size, clutches are usually limited to a maximum of four eggs.’
      • ‘Lismore Lake provides a variety of habitat for swamp hen, ibis, egrets, and herons as well as many small waders.’
  • 2High waterproof boots, or a waterproof garment for the legs and body, used especially by anglers when fishing.

    • ‘When moving around a stream or river in waders, the angler should carry as little equipment as possible and slide feet forward, not step, to avoid losing balance.’
    • ‘We also packed our own hip waders for the somewhat less raging portions of the river.’
    • ‘The next morning I put on my waders, walked into the water on the Cathedral Stretch, and began to cast.’
    • ‘The water becomes so deep at the bottom of Castlegate it is out of bounds to pedestrians without waders or wellingtons.’
    • ‘I would also advise you take a good waterproof coat and some thigh waders.’
    • ‘It is vital to keep warm when standing waist deep in chilly water for the day, and waders could be considered the most important item in an angler's wardrobe.’
    • ‘I had some chest waders on, but I decided to stay on the bank until I saw some movement.’
    • ‘Without doubt, these breathable waders are excellent and the best.’
    • ‘More so than any lure or rod and reel, or even watertight waders, the greatest ally of any angler hoping to catch a huge trout is patience.’
    • ‘Why all neoprene chest high waders don't have a fly zip I will never understand.’
    • ‘If the weather turns rough, your guide can no doubt fit you up with waterproof clothing and waders.’
    • ‘I breakfasted, put on my waders, grabbed a couple of rods and commenced to walk the marshy mile or two to the Khuder.’
    • ‘Driveways, gardens and entrances were under water and many villagers could not leave their properties without wellies or waders.’
    • ‘My waders, which had been perfectly alright the previous week now sprung a leak.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that to fish in Ireland, thigh waders are a must.’
    • ‘Chest waders are good but make sure they've got a boot comfortable enough to allow for hours of walking.’
    • ‘La Crosse also has a line of hip boots and waders in various styles for the hunter in extremely wet conditions.’
    • ‘He had a spear, and was demonstrating tribal techniques for catching fish, joking with Jim, who was wearing waders and using a traditional fishing pole.’
    • ‘I rudely pushed past an old man in hip waders to reach the gravel road first.’
    • ‘As I climbed into my chest high waders we chatted about the fishing prospects.’