Paddy definition

pădē
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Rice, especially in the husk, whether gathered or still in the field.
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Rice in general.
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A specially irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown.
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Rice in the husk, growing or gathered.
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A rice field.
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Used as a disparaging term for a person, especially a man, of Irish birth or ancestry.
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An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown.
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John Lothrop Motley.

Even after the expiration of four months the condition of the paddy persons continued most destitute. The English soldiers became mere barefoot starving beggars in the streets [...]

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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An Irish nickname for Patrick, originally from Pádrig (Pádraig) the Irish language form of Patrick.
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(slang) An Irish person (sometimes offensive).
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Rice, before it is milled.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
paddy
Plural:
paddies

Origin of paddy

  • Nickname for Irish Gaelic Pádraig Patrick

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

  • Malay padi

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

  • From Malay padi (“paddy plant"), from Proto-Malayic *padi, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *pajay, from Proto-Austronesian *pajay.

    From Wiktionary

  • English dialect paddy (“worm-eaten").

    From Wiktionary