From French patrouille, from Old French patrouille, patouille (“a night-watch", literally “a tramping about"), from patrouiller, patouiller, patoiller (“to paddle or pudder in water, dabble with the feet, begrime, besmear"), from patte, pate (“paw, foot of an animal"), from Vulgar Latin *patta (“paw, foot"), from Frankish *patta (“paw, sole of the foot"), from Proto-Germanic *paÃ¾janÄ…, *paÃ¾ÅnÄ… (“to walk, tread, go, step, pace"), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pent-, *(s)pat- (“path; to walk"), a variant of Proto-Indo-European *pent-, *pat- (“path; to go"); see find. Cognate with Dutch pad, patte (“paw"), Low German pedden (“to step, tread"), German patschen (“to splash, smack, dabble, waddle"), German Patsche (“a swatter, beater, paw, puddle, mire"). Related to pad, path.
(third-person singular simple present patrols, present participle patrolling, simple past and past participle patrolled)
- (intransitive) To go the rounds along a chain of sentinels; to traverse a police district or beat.
- To go the rounds of, as a sentry, guard, or policeman; as, to patrol a frontier; to patrol a beat.
From French patrouiller, from Old French patrouiller (“to paddle, paw about, patrol"), from patte (“a paw")