- a small pool of water, as of rainwater on the ground.
- a small pool of any liquid.
- clay or the like mixed with water and tempered, used as a waterproof lining for the walls of canals, ditches, etc.
- to mark or scatter with puddles.
- to wet with dirty water, mud, etc.
- to make (water) muddy or dirty.
- to muddle or confuse.
- to make (clay or the like) into puddle.
- to cover with pasty clay or puddle.
- Metallurgy. to subject (molten iron) to the process of puddling.
- to destroy the granular structure of (soil) by agricultural operations on it when it is too wet.
- Horticulture. to dip the roots of (a tree, shrub, etc.) into a thin mixture of loam and water to retard drying out during transplanting.
- to wade in a puddle: The children were puddling.
- to be or become puddled: The backyard was puddling.
Origin of puddle
Examples from the Web for puddle
May they all stand in a puddle and stick their tongues in a Prius charge port.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
Then the lights went down on Bieber and his puddle of clothes.Justin Bieber's Abs Cannot Save Him
September 10, 2014
And when he walks in, the place is dark, but he notices a puddle on the floor.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
For some of New Yorkers, though, the dating pool can be a puddle—thanks to the “culture of honor.”HONOR THIS!
February 3, 2014
Actors have won Oscars for sassily stepping over a puddle in period clothing (Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love).Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Her’ Performance Deserves Oscar Love
December 18, 2013
You're in the middle of a puddle now, but when you get over dreaming I'd like to mop it up.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
He had been lying in a puddle, and, like little Fay, he preferred "a dly place."Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
His grey hair was straggling into the puddle around his head.L'Assommoir
The "pond" was a puddle, perhaps twenty feet across, left by the outgoing tide.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
As for the Princess, she was as happy as a duck in a puddle.
- a small pool of water, esp of rain
- a small pool of any liquid
- a worked mixture of wet clay and sand that is impervious to water and is used to line a pond or canal
- rowing the patch of eddying water left by the blade of an oar after completion of a stroke
- (tr) to make (clay, etc) into puddle
- (tr) to subject (iron) to puddling
- (intr) to dabble or wade in puddles, mud, or shallow water
- (intr) to mess about
Word Origin and History for puddle
early 14c., "small pool of dirty water," frequentative or diminutive of Old English pudd "ditch," related to German pudeln "to splash in water" (cf. poodle). Originally used of pools and ponds as well.
"to dabble in water, poke in mud," mid-15c., from puddle (n.); extended sense in iron manufacture is "turn and stir (molten iron) in a furnace." Related: Puddled; puddling.