- a short, flat bladed oar for propelling and steering a canoe or small boat, usually held by both hands and moved more or less through a vertical arc.
- any of various similar implements used for mixing, stirring, or beating.
- any of various similar but smaller implements with a short handle for holding in one hand and a wide or rounded blade, used for a racket in table tennis, paddle tennis, etc.
- such an implement or a similarly shaped makeshift one, used to spank or beat someone.
- an implement used for beating garments while washing them in running water, as in a stream.
- Also called float, floatboard. a blade of a paddle wheel.
- paddle wheel.
- any of the blades by which a water wheel is turned.
- a flipper or limb of a penguin, turtle, whale, etc.
- an act of paddling.
- Also pattle. British Dialect. a small spade with a long handle, used to dig up thistles.
- (in a gate of a lock or sluice) a panel that slides to permit the passage of water.
- to propel or travel in a canoe or the like by using a paddle.
- to row lightly or gently with oars.
- to move by means of paddle wheels, as a steamer.
- to propel with a paddle: to paddle a canoe.
- to spank or beat with or as with a paddle.
- to stir, mix, or beat with or as with a paddle
- to convey by paddling, as a canoe.
- to hit (a table-tennis ball or the like) with a paddle.
- paddle one's own canoe. canoe(def 6).
Origin of paddle1
- to move the feet or hands playfully in shallow water; dabble.
- to toy with the fingers.
- to toddle.
Origin of paddle2
Examples from the Web for paddler
When Ethan called this out the paddler waved at them, and laughed.Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
Then he realized that Conan had called to the paddler in his own tongue.Beyond the Black River
Robert E. Howard
The paddler on the Yukon, however, cannot become too absorbed in the beauties by the way.Heroes of To-Day
Mary R. Parkman
It would have taken rapid motions, but the paddler had proved his expertness in that.Blazing Arrow
Edward S. Ellis
The paddler said that he had had great difficulty in eluding the white men and their agents.Samba
- a short light oar with a flat blade at one or both ends, used without a rowlock to propel a canoe or small boat
- Also called: float a blade of a water wheel or paddle wheel
- a period of paddlingto go for a paddle upstream
- a paddle wheel used to propel a boat
- (as modifier)a paddle steamer
- the sliding panel in a lock or sluicegate that regulates the level or flow of water
- any of various instruments shaped like a paddle and used for beating, mixing, etc
- a table-tennis bat
- the flattened limb of a seal, turtle, or similar aquatic animal, specialized for swimming
- to propel (a canoe, small boat, etc) with a paddle
- paddle one's own canoe
- to be self-sufficient
- to mind one's own business
- (tr) to convey by paddlingwe paddled him to the shore
- (tr) to stir or mix with or as if with a paddle
- to row (a boat) steadily, esp (of a racing crew) to row firmly but not at full pressure
- (intr) (of steamships) to be propelled by paddle wheels
- (intr) to swim with short rapid strokes, like a dog
- (tr) US and Canadian informal to spank
- to walk or play barefoot in shallow water, mud, etc
- to dabble the fingers, hands, or feet in water
- to walk unsteadily, like a baby
- (tr) archaic to fondle with the fingers
- the act of paddling in water
Word Origin and History for paddler
c.1400, padell "small spade," from Medieval Latin padela, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin patella "small pan, little dish, plate," diminutive of patina (see pan (n.)).
Meaning "short oar with a wide blade" is from 1620s. As an instrument used for beating clothes (and slaves, and schoolboys), it is recorded from 1828, American English. Paddle-ball attested from 1935.
"to beat with a paddle, spank," 1856, from paddle (n.). Related: Paddled; paddling.
"to move in water by means of paddles," 1670s, from paddle (n.). To paddle one's (own) canoe "do for oneself" is from 1828.