noun, plural pad·dies.

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

Nearby words

  1. paddleboard,
  2. paddleboat,
  3. paddlefish,
  4. paddock,
  5. paddock-basher,
  6. paddy wagon,
  7. paddy-last,
  8. paddymelon,
  9. paddywhack,
  10. pademelon

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)

Can be confusedpaddy pate pâte pâtépaddy patty



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

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paddies


noun plural -dies

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

Word Origin for Paddy

from Patrick



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



noun plural -dies

British informal a fit of temper

Word Origin for paddy

C19: from Paddy

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Word Origin and History for paddies
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