dog paddle

  1. a simple swimming stroke mainly used to stay afloat while remaining almost stationary in the water, executed by paddling both arms underwater while kicking the legs, with the body in a crouching position and the head above water.

Origin of dog paddle

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby dog paddle

Other definitions for dog-paddle (2 of 2)

[ dawg-pad-l, dog- ]

verb (used without object),dog-pad·dled, dog-pad·dling.
  1. to swim or keep afloat by use of the dog paddle.

Origin of dog-paddle

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use dog paddle in a sentence

  • “If they had some advanced swimming skills, just a basic dog paddle, they could have survived,” he told The Brooklyn Ink.

    The Drowning Race Gap | Constantino Diaz-Duran | August 7, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for dog paddle

dog paddle

  1. another name for doggy paddle

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