paddock

1
[ pad-uh k ]
/ ˈpæd ək /

noun

a small, usually enclosed field near a stable or barn for pasturing or exercising animals.
the enclosure in which horses are saddled and mounted before a race.
Australian. any enclosed field or pasture.

verb (used with object)

to confine or enclose in or as in a paddock.

Nearby words

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

Origin of paddock

1
1540–50; variant of Middle English parrok, with r heard as flapped d; Old English pearroc enclosure, orig. fence. See park

paddock

2
[ pad-uh k ]
/ ˈpæd ək /

noun

Archaic. a frog or toad.

Origin of paddock

2
1350–1400; Middle English paddok(e), derivative of early Middle English pad toad (compare E dial. pad frog); akin to Dutch, Low German pad, Old Norse padda; see -ock

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British Dictionary definitions for paddock

paddock

1
/ (ˈpædək) /

noun

verb

(tr) to confine (horses, etc) in a paddock

Word Origin for paddock

C17: variant of dialect parrock, from Old English pearruc enclosure, of Germanic origin. See park

noun

archaic, or dialect a frog or toadAlso called (Scot): puddock

Word Origin for paddock

C12: from pad toad, probably from Old Norse padda; see -ock

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