[ pad-lok ]
/ ˈpædˌlɒk /


a portable or detachable lock with a pivoted or sliding shackle that can be passed through a link, ring, staple, or the like.

verb (used with object)

to fasten with or as with a padlock.

Origin of padlock

First recorded in 1425–75, padlock is from the late Middle English word padlok. See pod3, lock1
Related formsun·pad·locked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for padlock


/ (ˈpædˌlɒk) /


a detachable lock having a hinged or sliding shackle, which can be used to secure a door, lid, etc, by passing the shackle through rings or staples


(tr) to fasten with or as if with a padlock

Word Origin for padlock

C15 pad, of obscure origin
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