- rice in the husk, growing or gathered
- rice in general
- a rice field
Origin of paddyMalay padi, rice in the husk
Origin of Paddyfrom nickname for P?draig, 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 rice plant, rice in the field, unhusked rice from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian pajay from Proto-Austronesian rice plant
nounOften Offensive Slang
Origin of PaddyNickname for Irish Gaelic Pádraig Patrick
(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 [...]
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
English dialect paddy (“worm-eaten").
- (slang) An Irish person (sometimes offensive).