[ 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 forms

un·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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