A woman walking in a puddle on a rainy day.
- The definition of a puddle is a small area of collected liquid or muddy water.
An example of a puddle is standing water over a clogged outdoor drain, after a heavy rain.
- Puddle is defined as to roll around in muddy water, make water muddy or create a small collection of muddy water.
- An example of puddle is a pig rolling around in shallow muddy water.
- An example of puddle is digging a small hole in the dirt and filling it with water.
- a small pool of water, esp. stagnant, spilled, or muddy water
- a thick mixture of clay, and sometimes sand, with water, that is impervious to water
Origin of puddleMiddle English podel, diminutive from Old English pudd, ditch, akin to Low German pudel
transitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to make muddy
- to make a thick mixture of (wet clay and sand)
- to cover with such a mixture to keep water from penetrating
- to treat (iron) by puddling
- a. A small pool of water, especially rainwater.b. A small pool of a liquid.
- A tempered paste of wet clay and sand that serves as waterproofing when dry.
verbpud·dled, pud·dling, pud·dles
- To make muddy.
- To work (clay or sand) into a thick watertight paste.
- To process (impure metal) by puddling.
Origin of puddleMiddle English podel diminutive of Old English pudd ditch
(third-person singular simple present puddles, present participle puddling, simple past and past participle puddled)
- To form a puddle.
- To play or splash in a puddle.
- To process iron by means of puddling.
- To line a canal with puddle (clay).
- To collect ideas, especially abstract concepts, into rough subtopics or categories, as in study, research or conversation.
- To make (clay, loam, etc.) dense or close, by working it when wet, so as to render impervious to water.
- To make foul or muddy; to pollute with dirt; to mix dirt with (water).
Middle English podel, diminutive of Old English pudd 'ditch', from Proto-Germanic *puddo (compare Low German Pudel 'puddle').