[ pad-ee ]
/ ˈpæd i /

noun, plural pad·dies.

a rice field.
rice, especially in the husk, either uncut or gathered.


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Origin of paddy

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)


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Definition for paddies (2 of 2)

[ pad-ee ]
/ ˈpæd i /

noun, plural Pad·dies.

Slang: Often Offensive. an Irishman or a person of Irish descent.
a male given name.

Origin of Paddy

familiar variant of Irish Padraig Patrick; see -y2

usage note for Paddy

This term is used as a neutral nickname or term of address for an Irishman, though it may be perceived as insulting. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for paddies (1 of 3)

/ (ˈpædɪ) /

noun plural -dies

(sometimes not capital) an informal, often derogatory, name for an Irishman

Word Origin for Paddy

from Patrick

British Dictionary definitions for paddies (2 of 3)

/ (ˈpædɪ) /

noun plural -dies

Also called: paddy field a field planted with rice
rice as a growing crop or when harvested but not yet milled

Word Origin for paddy

from Malay pādī

British Dictionary definitions for paddies (3 of 3)

/ (ˈpædɪ) /

noun plural -dies

British informal a fit of temper

Word Origin for paddy

C19: from Paddy
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