- The definition of a padlock is a detachable lock with a hinged U-shaped hook that goes around the items being locked.
A lock with a hinged U-shaped hook that you use to chain your bike to the bike rack is an example of a padlock.
- To padlock is to secure something using a lock with a hinged U-shaped hook.
When you wrap chains around the doors of your storage shed and you then secure the chains with a U-shaped lock so they cannot be removed, this is an example of when you padlock your shed.
A red padlock.
Origin of padlockMiddle English padlocke ; from pad (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ) + lokke, lock
- to fasten with or as with a padlock
- to close (a building) against entrance
transitive verbpad·locked, pad·lock·ing, pad·locks
Origin of padlockMiddle English padlok : pad-, of unknown meaning + lok, lock; see lock1.
(third-person singular simple present padlocks, present participle padlocking, simple past and past participle padlocked)
- To lock using a padlock.
Middle English padlok, from pad-, of unknown origin, + lok (“lock”). Perhaps originally a lock for a pad (“gate”), or a gate opening to a path, or a lock for a basket or pannier, from UK dialect pad (“a pannier”).