- a relatively short pole with a broad blade at one end or sometimes both ends, held in the hands and used to propel and steer a canoe, kayak, etc.
- any of various implements shaped like this; specif.,
- a metal tool for stirring iron in a furnace
- a small, flat, wooden instrument for working butter, stirring clay, etc.
- a flat stick used for beating clothes in washing them by hand, as in a stream
- a flat, wooden stick for administering punishment by beating
- a flat, rounded piece of wood with a short handle, used to hit a ball, as in table tennis
- any of the propelling boards in a water wheel or paddle wheel
Origin of paddleMiddle English padell, small spade from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
intransitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to propel (a canoe, etc.) by means of a paddle or paddles
- to punish by beating as with a paddle; spank
- to stir, work, etc. with a paddle
paddle one's own canoe