Paddle Definition

pădl
paddled, paddles, paddling
noun
paddles
A usually wooden implement having a blade at one end or sometimes at both ends, used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat.
American Heritage
Any of various implements resembling the paddle of a boat or canoe, as:
American Heritage
A flat electrode that is part of a defibrillator and is put on a patient's chest to deliver an electric shock to the heart.
American Heritage Medicine
A board on a paddle wheel.
American Heritage
A flipper or flattened appendage of certain animals.
American Heritage Medicine
Synonyms:
boat paddlepaddle-wheeloarsweepscullpole
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verb
paddled, paddles, paddling
To propel (a canoe, etc.) by means of a paddle or paddles.
Webster's New World
To move the hands or feet about in the water, as in playing; dabble.
Webster's New World
To move with a waddling motion; toddle.
American Heritage
To row slowly and gently.
American Heritage
To propel a canoe, etc. by means of a paddle.
Webster's New World
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idiom
paddle one's own canoe
  • to depend entirely on oneself
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Paddle

Noun

Singular:
paddle
Plural:
paddles

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Paddle

Origin of Paddle

  • Recorded since 1530, probably cognate with Low German paddeln "to tramp about," frequent. of padjen "to tramp, to run in short steps," from pad (also in Dutch dialects)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English padell (1407, "small spade"), from Medieval Latin padela, perhaps from Latin patella "pan, plate", the diminutive of patina

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English padell tool used to clean plowshares perhaps from Medieval Latin padela

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps of Low German origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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