paddle

1
[ pad-l ]
/ ˈpæd l /

noun

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

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


Nearby words

  1. padang,
  2. padauk,
  3. padded cell,
  4. padding,
  5. paddington,
  6. paddle box,
  7. paddle one's own canoe,
  8. paddle steamer,
  9. paddle tennis,
  10. paddle wheel

Idioms

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

Origin of paddle

1
1375–1425; late Middle English padell (noun)

Related formspad·dler, noun

paddle

2
[ 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

2
First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain

Related formspad·dler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for paddle

paddle

1
/ (ˈpædəl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formspaddler, noun

Word Origin for paddle

C15: of unknown origin

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
Derived Formspaddler, noun

Word Origin for paddle

C16: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for paddle
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Idioms and Phrases with paddle

paddle

In addition to the idiom beginning with paddle

  • paddle one's own canoe

also see:

  • up the creek (without a paddle)
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