paddle

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Paddle
Sunrise paddling

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

paddle (plural paddles)

  1. A two-handed, single-bladed oar used to propel a canoe or a small boat.
  2. A double-bladed oar used for kayaking.
  3. Time spent on paddling.
    We had a nice paddle this morning.
  4. A slat of a paddleboat's wheel.
  5. A paddlewheel.
  6. A blade of a waterwheel.
  7. (video games, dated) A game controller with a round wheel used to control player movement along one axis of the video screen.
  8. (UK) A meandering walk or dabble through shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  9. A kitchen utensil shaped like a paddle and used for mixing, beating etc.
  10. A bat-shaped spanking implement
    The paddle practically ousted the British cane as the spanker's attribute in the independent US
  11. A ping-pong bat.
  12. 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
  13. In a sluice, a panel that controls the flow of water.
  14. A group of inerts
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Verb[edit]

paddle (third-person singular simple present paddles, present participle paddling, simple past and past participle paddled)

  1. (transitive) To propel something through water with a paddle, oar, hands, etc.
  2. (intransitive) To row a boat with less than one's full capacity.
  3. (transitive) To spank with a paddle.
  4. To pat or stroke amorously or gently.
    • Shakespeare
      to be paddling palms and pinching fingers.
  5. To tread upon; to trample.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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)

Verb[edit]

paddle (third-person singular simple present paddles, present participle paddling, simple past and past participle paddled)

  1. (intransitive, UK) To walk or dabble playfully in shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  2. To toddle
  3. (archaic, intransitive) To toy or caress using hands or fingers
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paddle

  1. First-person singular present of paddeln.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of paddeln.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of paddeln.
  4. Imperative singular of paddeln.