Horses grazing in the paddock.
An example of a paddock is an enclosed green field near a racetrack stable.
- Scot. a frog
- Archaic a toad
Origin of paddockMiddle English paddoke ; from padde (; from Old English pad, frog, toad) + -ok, -ock
- a small field or enclosure near a stable, in which horses are exercised
- an enclosure at a racetrack, where horses are saddled
- in Australia, an enclosed piece of land
Origin of paddockphonetic alteration of earlier parrock ; from Middle English parrok, enclosed field ; from Old English pearruc, enclosure: see park
- A fenced area, usually near a stable, used chiefly for grazing horses.
- Sports a. An enclosure at a racetrack where the horses are assembled, saddled, and paraded before each race.b. An area of an automobile racetrack where cars are prepared before a race.
- Australian A piece of fenced-in land.
transitive verbpad·docked, pad·dock·ing, pad·docks
Origin of paddockAlteration of Middle English parrok, from Old English pearroc.
From Middle English paddok, equivalent to pad (“frog or toad") +"Ž -ock.
- A small enclosure or field of grassland, especially for horses.
- (Australia, New Zealand) A field of grassland of any size, especially for keeping sheep or cattle.
- An area where horses are paraded and mounted before a race and unsaddled after a race.
- Land, fenced or otherwise delimited, which is most often part of a sheep or cattle property.
- (motor racing) An area at circuit where the racing vehicles are parked and worked on before and between races.
(third-person singular simple present paddocks, present participle paddocking, simple past and past participle paddocked)
- To provide with a paddock. To keep in, or place in, a paddock.
Alteration of Middle English parrok, parrock (“enclosure, fence, paddock"), from Old English pearroc, pearruc (“enclosure, fence"), from Proto-Germanic *parrukaz (“enclosure, fence"), from Proto-Germanic *parr- (“stake, bar, beam, fence-post"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)par- (“beam, log") + Proto-Germanic *-ukaz, *-ikaz (See -ock). Cognate with Dutch perk (“flowerbed, garden, pen"), German Pferch (“sheepfold, sheep-pen"), Danish park (“pond"). Related to park, spar.