- rice in the husk, growing or gathered
- rice in general
- a rice field
Origin of paddyMalay padi, rice in the husk
Origin of Paddy; from nickname for Pādraig, Irish form of Patrick
- Rice, especially in the husk, whether gathered or still in the field.
- A specially irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown.
Origin of paddyMalay padi.
nounOften Offensive Slang
Origin of PaddyNickname for Irish Gaelic Pádraig, Patrick.
From Malay padi (“paddy plant”), from Proto-Malayic *padi, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *pajay, from Proto-Austronesian *pajay.
(comparative more paddy, superlative most paddy)
- John Lothrop Motley
- Even after the expiration of four months the condition of the paddy persons continued most destitute. The English soldiers became mere barefoot starving beggars in the streets […]
English dialect paddy (“worm-eaten”).
- (slang) An Irish person (sometimes offensive).