[dawg-pad-l, dog-]

verb (used without object), dog-pad·dled, dog-pad·dling.

to swim or keep afloat by use of the dog paddle.

Nearby words

  1. dog-eared,
  2. dog-eat-dog,
  3. dog-end,
  4. dog-leg stair,
  5. dog-legged,
  6. dog-poor,
  7. dog-roll,
  8. dog-sitter,
  9. dog-tired,
  10. dog-walker

Origin of dog-paddle

First recorded in 1900–05

dog paddle


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dog-paddle

dog paddle


another name for doggy paddle
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