Definition of wadi in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɒdi//ˈwɑːdi/


  • (in certain Arabic-speaking countries) a valley, ravine, or channel that is dry except in the rainy season.

    • ‘In the Gaza Strip, runoff water is collected in small wadis and valleys within the area.’
    • ‘It is at least another day's drive to el Geneina, if the road is not cut by wadis carrying rainwater from the massif of Jebel Marra.’
    • ‘The Weib river has become a dusty wadi for the first time in living memory.’
    • ‘Thatched African huts are built on the hillside above the wadi.’
    • ‘This rocky terrain is covered with deep wadis that make navigation difficult.’


Early 17th century: from Arabic wādī.