- a portable or detachable lock with a pivoted or sliding shackle that can be passed through a link, ring, staple, or the like.
- to fasten with or as with a padlock.
Origin of padlock
Examples from the Web for padlock
On the Pont des Arts we buy a padlock engraved with our initials, T and E.Discovering The Charms Of La France Profonde
June 9, 2014
Yet Romney happily slid his leg into this manacle, slammed down the padlock, and threw the key into the river.Michael Tomasky: Obama’s High-Stakes Gamble on Gay Marriage
May 10, 2012
One tent had a padlock on the front, a visible if not effective request for some privacy.Stimulus Dollars for Sex Offenders?
September 4, 2009
After refastening the padlock, they both returned to the bench.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He got out with a padlock and chain; and, having put these in place, offered Alice his hand.Alice Adams
As he placed the key in the padlock, he could hear the rattle of the chains of the man inside.Murder Point
He walked to the door and took out his gun as he examined the padlock.The Coyote
When the padlock snapped behind him Code took in his surroundings.The Harbor of Doubt
- a detachable lock having a hinged or sliding shackle, which can be used to secure a door, lid, etc, by passing the shackle through rings or staples
- (tr) to fasten with or as if with a padlock
Word Origin and History for padlock
"removable lock," late 15c., from lokke (see lock (n.)), but the first element is of unknown origin.
1640s, from padlock (n.). Related: Padlocked; padlocking.