paddle

1
[ pad-l ]
/ ˈpæd l /

noun

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

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

Idioms

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

Origin of paddle

1
1375–1425; late Middle English padell (noun)
Related formspad·dler, noun

Definition for paddle (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)

paddle

1
/ (ˈpædəl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formspaddler, noun

Word Origin for paddle

C15: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for paddle (2 of 2)

paddle

2
/ (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
Derived Formspaddler, noun

Word Origin for paddle

C16: of uncertain origin
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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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