- a rice field.
- rice, especially in the husk, either uncut or gathered.
Origin of paddy
- Slang: Often Offensive. an Irishman or a person of Irish descent.
- a male given name.
Origin of Paddy
Examples from the Web for paddy
The legendary Captain Paddy Brown was by some accounts the most decorated firefighter in the nation.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
Is Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (which won the Mann Booker Prize in 1993) the only one of your novels that stands on its own?The Prodigious Roddy Doyle Is the Celtic Tiger of Irish Literature
March 17, 2014
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power funded the trips to the Hermit Kingdom, but stopped after Kim Jong-Un purged his uncle.
Was it anything that Scott saw when he was in Pyongyang that encouraged Paddy Power to drop the project?
One time, when an armored car drove by, Paddy Considine said, “Hey, Martin, are those your Hobbit residuals?”My London Getaway With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Stars of ‘The World’s End’
November 18, 2013
Well, Paddy, say no more about that, but let's have the story.
Here Paddy was questioned why he considered the wren as cunning a baste as the fox.
Paddy is mighty 'cute, and knows when he has a man to deal with.
Paddy may be lazy, but put your finger in his mouth and he'll bite.
No wonder that poor Paddy has hardly a feather left to fly with.
- Also called: paddy field a field planted with rice
- rice as a growing crop or when harvested but not yet milled
- British informal a fit of temper
- (sometimes not capital) an informal, often derogatory, name for an Irishman
Word Origin and History for paddy
"rice field," 1620s, "rice plant," from Malay padi "rice in the straw." Main modern meaning "ground where rice is growing" (1948) is a shortening of paddy field.
"Irishman," 1780, slang, from the pet form of the common Irish proper name Patrick (Irish Padraig). It was in use in black slang by 1946 for any "white person." Paddy wagon is 1930, perhaps so called because many police officers were Irish. Paddywhack (1881) originally meant "an Irishman."