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.
to confine or enclose in or as in a paddock.
Other definitions for paddock (2 of 2)
Archaic. a frog or toad.
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How to use paddock in a sentence
The atmosphere of the stables and the breath of the blue grass paddock revived in her memory and lingered in her nostrils.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
It looked into a garden, whence a wicket-gate opened into a small paddock; all beyond was fine meadow-land and wood.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
On the highest point of the pass they met an inbound pack train belonging to the Thirty-six, in charge of one paddock.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail | Arthur R. Thompson
We had sixty horse-posts driven in the gate paddock; how many guests I cannot guess, perhaps 150.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Well, you young genl'men du have rare goings on down in the paddock, that you du.'The Talking Horse | F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for paddock (1 of 2)
a small enclosed field, often for grazing or training horses, usually near a house or stable
(in horse racing) the enclosure in which horses are paraded and mounted before a race, together with the accompanying rooms
(in motor racing) an area near the pits where cars are worked on before races
Australian and NZ any area of fenced land
Australian and NZ a playing field
the long paddock Australian informal a stockroute or roadside area offering feed to sheep and cattle in dry times
(tr) to confine (horses, etc) in a paddock
British Dictionary definitions for paddock (2 of 2)
archaic, or dialect a frog or toad: Also called (Scot): puddock
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