- a rice field.
- rice, especially in the husk, either uncut or gathered.
Origin of paddy
- Slang: Often Offensive. an Irishman or a person of Irish descent.
- a male given name.
Origin of Paddy
Examples from the Web for paddies
"The paddies are here on both sides of the river," added Achang.
"Plenty of paddies on all the streams about here," replied the native.
There is no end of 'paddies' along this river, and I'm sure they cannot understand your lingo.
The hired press ignored the Paddies and their island for a whole year.The Art of Disappearing
John Talbot Smith
Me boy, nothin's shure whin yez are drillin' with the Paddies.The U.P. Trail
- (sometimes not capital) an informal, often derogatory, name for an Irishman
- Also called: paddy field a field planted with rice
- rice as a growing crop or when harvested but not yet milled
- British informal a fit of temper
Word Origin and History for paddies
"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.
"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."