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paddy

[ pad-ee ]
/ ˈpæd i /
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noun, plural pad·dies.

a rice field.
rice, especially in the husk, either uncut or gathered.

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Origin of paddy

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Malay padi “unhusked rice”; currency of this word in the English of India perhaps due to early association with Kannada batta, bhatta “unhusked rice” (from Indo-Aryan; compare Hindi, Marathi bhāt “cooked rice,” Sanskrit bhakhta “food, meal”)

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH paddy

paddy , patty

Definition for paddy (2 of 2)

Paddy
[ pad-ee ]
/ ˈpæd i /

noun, plural Pad·dies.

Slang: Often Offensive. an Irishman or a person of Irish descent.
a male given name.

Origin of Paddy

Familiar variant of Irish Padraig Patrick; see -y2

usage note for Paddy

This term is used as a neutral nickname or term of address for an Irishman, though it may be perceived as insulting.
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British Dictionary definitions for paddy (1 of 3)

paddy1
/ (ˈpædɪ) /

noun plural -dies

Also called: paddy field a field planted with rice
rice as a growing crop or when harvested but not yet milled

Word Origin for paddy

from Malay pādī

British Dictionary definitions for paddy (2 of 3)

paddy2
/ (ˈpædɪ) /

noun plural -dies

British informal a fit of temper

Word Origin for paddy

C19: from Paddy

British Dictionary definitions for paddy (3 of 3)

Paddy
/ (ˈpædɪ) /

noun plural -dies

(sometimes not capital) an informal, often derogatory, name for an Irishman

Word Origin for Paddy

from Patrick
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