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paddle

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[ pad-l ]
/ ˈpæd l /
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noun

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

verb (used with object), pad·dled, pad·dling.

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Idioms for paddle

    paddle one's own canoe. canoe (def. 6).

Origin of paddle

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1375–1425; late Middle English padell (noun)
paddler, noun

Definition for paddle (2 of 2)

paddle2
[ pad-l ]
/ ˈpæd l /

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

to move the feet or hands playfully in shallow water; dabble.
to toy with the fingers.
to toddle.

Origin of paddle

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First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain
paddler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for paddle (1 of 2)

paddle1
/ (ˈpædəl) /

noun

verb

paddler, noun
C15: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for paddle (2 of 2)

paddle2
/ (ˈpædəl) /

verb (mainly intr)

to walk or play barefoot in shallow water, mud, etc
to dabble the fingers, hands, or feet in water
to walk unsteadily, like a baby
(tr) archaic to fondle with the fingers

noun

the act of paddling in water
paddler, noun
C16: of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with paddle

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