Paddle meaning

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The definition of a paddle is a metal or wooden instrument used for stirring, moving forward or beating.

An example of a paddle is what you would use to stir clay.

An example of a paddle is what you would use to move a boat forward in the water.

An example of a paddle is what is sometimes used to use to punish disobedient children.

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To paddle is to push against the water to move forward.

An example of to paddle is to move the feet and hands while swimming to swim forward.

An example of to paddle is to use a piece of wood to move a boat forward.

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Any of various implements resembling the paddle of a boat or canoe, as:
  • A light wooden or plastic racket used in playing table tennis, platform tennis, and similar games.
  • A flat board with a handle used to administer physical punishment.
  • A blade or shovellike implement used for stirring or mixing.
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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.
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A board on a paddle wheel.
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A flipper or flattened appendage of certain animals.
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The act of paddling.
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To move through water by means of repeated short strokes of the limbs.
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To spank or beat with a paddle, especially as a punishment.
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To stir or shape (material) with a paddle.
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To dabble about in shallow water; splash gently with the hands or feet.
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To move with a waddling motion; toddle.
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A relatively short pole with a broad blade at one end or sometimes both ends, held in the hands and used to propel and steer a canoe, kayak, etc.
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Any of various implements shaped like this.
  • A metal tool for stirring iron in a furnace.
  • A small, flat, wooden instrument for working butter, stirring clay, etc.
  • A flat stick used for beating clothes in washing them by hand, as in a stream.
  • A flat, wooden stick for administering punishment by beating.
  • A flat, rounded piece of wood with a short handle, used to hit a ball, as in table tennis.
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Any of the propelling boards in a water wheel or paddle wheel.
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To propel a canoe, etc. by means of a paddle.
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To propel (a canoe, etc.) by means of a paddle or paddles.
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To punish by beating as with a paddle; spank.
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To stir, work, etc. with a paddle.
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To move the hands or feet about in the water, as in playing; dabble.
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To walk like a small child; toddle.
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To play idly with the fingers (on, in, etc.)
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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.
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A flipper or flattened appendage of certain animals.
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A two-handed, single-bladed oar used to propel a canoe or a small boat.
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A double-bladed oar used for kayaking.
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Time spent on paddling.

We had a nice paddle this morning.

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(video games, dated) A game controller with a round wheel used to control player movement along one axis of the video screen.
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(UK) A meandering walk or dabble through shallow water, especially at the seaside.
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A kitchen utensil shaped like a paddle and used for mixing, beating etc.
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A bat-shaped spanking implement.

The paddle practically ousted the British cane as the spanker's attribute in the independent US.

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A ping-pong bat.
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A flat limb of an aquatic animal, adapted for swimming.

A sea turtle's paddles make it swim almost as fast as land tortoises are slow.

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In a sluice, a panel that controls the flow of water.
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A group of inerts.
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To propel something through water with a paddle, oar, hands, etc.
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(intransitive) To row a boat with less than one's full capacity.
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To spank with a paddle.
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To pat or stroke amorously or gently.
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To tread upon; to trample.
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(intransitive, UK) To walk or dabble playfully in shallow water, especially at the seaside.
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(archaic, intransitive) To toy or caress using hands or fingers.
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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.
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paddle one's own canoe
  • To depend entirely on oneself.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of paddle

  • 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

  • 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