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paddy

[pad-ee] /ˈpæd i/
noun, plural paddies.
1.
a rice field.
2.
rice, especially in the husk, either uncut or gathered.
Origin of paddy
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Malay padi unhusked rice; currency of this word in E of India perhaps due to early association with Kannada batta, bhatta unhusked rice (< Indo-Aryan; compare Hindi, Marathi bhāt cooked rice, Sanskrit bhakhta food, meal)
Can be confused
paddy, pate, pâte, pâté.
paddy, patty.

Paddy

[pad-ee] /ˈpæd i/
noun, plural Paddies.
1.
Slang: Often Offensive. an Irishman or a person of Irish descent.
2.
a male given name.
Origin
familiar variant of Irish Padraig Patrick; see -y2
Usage note
This term is used as a neutral nickname or term of address for an Irishman, though it may be perceived as insulting.
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Examples from the Web for paddy
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  • Well, paddy, say no more about that, but let's have the story.

  • Here paddy was questioned why he considered the wren as cunning a baste as the fox.

  • paddy is mighty 'cute, and knows when he has a man to deal with.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • paddy may be lazy, but put your finger in his mouth and he'll bite.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • No wonder that poor paddy has hardly a feather left to fly with.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for paddy

paddy1

/ˈpædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
Also called paddy field. a field planted with rice
2.
rice as a growing crop or when harvested but not yet milled
Word Origin
from Malay pādī

paddy2

/ˈpædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(Brit, informal) a fit of temper
Word Origin
C19: from Paddy

Paddy

/ˈpædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(sometimes not capital) an informal, often derogatory, name for an Irishman
Word Origin
from Patrick
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Word Origin and History for paddy
n.1

"rice field," 1620s, "rice plant," from Malay padi "rice in the straw." Main modern meaning "ground where rice is growing" (1948) is a shortening of paddy field.

Paddy

n.2

"Irishman," 1780, slang, from the pet form of the common Irish proper name Patrick (Irish Padraig). It was in use in black slang by 1946 for any "white person." Paddy wagon is 1930, perhaps so called because many police officers were Irish. Paddywhack (1881) originally meant "an Irishman."

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Slang definitions & phrases for paddy

paddy

modifier

: I know I can't be tight with this paddy boy

noun

  1. An Irish person or person of Irish extraction (1780+)
  2. (also patty) A white person: Even a drunken black shoeshine man could handle the likes of this paddy (1946+ Black)

[fr the nickname of the given name Patrick]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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