Paddy-wagon definition

A van used by police for taking suspects into custody.
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A police van for transporting prisoners.
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Noun

Singular:
paddy-wagon
Plural:
paddy-wagons

Origin of paddy-wagon

  • Perhaps from paddy policeman from Paddy

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

  • Supposedly from the term Paddy (a nickname for an Irishman).

    From Wiktionary