An example of a paddock is an enclosed green field near a racetrack stable.
Other Word Forms
Origin of paddock
- Alteration of Middle English parrok from Old English pearroc
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Alteration of Middle English parrok, parrock (“enclosure, fence, paddock"), from Old English pearroc, pearruc (“enclosure, fence"), from Proto-Germanic *parrukaz (“enclosure, fence"), from Proto-Germanic *parr- (“stake, bar, beam, fence-post"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)par- (“beam, log") + Proto-Germanic *-ukaz, *-ikaz (See -ock). Cognate with Dutch perk (“flowerbed, garden, pen"), German Pferch (“sheepfold, sheep-pen"), Danish park (“pond"). Related to park, spar.
- From Middle English paddok, equivalent to pad (“frog or toad") +"Ž -ock.