[pad-ee-hwak, -wak]


Informal. a spanking.

verb (used with object)

Informal. to spank or beat.

Also pad·dy·wack [pad-ee-wak] /ˈpæd iˌwæk/.

Origin of paddywhack

1775–85; PADDY + WHACK Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paddywhack

Historical Examples of paddywhack

  • Paddywhack was the old Irish horse which had carried him so long, and has been mentioned before.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for paddywhack



noun informal

British another word for paddy 2
a spanking or smack
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