paddock

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English paddok, equivalent to pad (frog or toad) +‎ -ock.

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

paddock (plural paddocks)

  1. (archaic except in dialects) A frog or toad.
    • Wycliffe
      Soothly if thou wilt not deliver, lo! I shall smite all thy terms with paddocks. (Exodus 8:2)
    • Spenser
      The grisly toadstool grown there might I see, / And loathed paddocks lording on the same.
    • Shakespeare
      Paddock calls (Macbeth 1.1.10)


Etymology 2[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

paddock (plural paddocks)

  1. A small enclosure or field of grassland, especially for horses.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 1
      [] the two of them usually spent their Sundays together in the small paddock beyond the orchard, grazing side by side and never speaking.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand) A field of grassland of any size, especially for keeping sheep or cattle.
  3. An area where horses are paraded and mounted before a race and unsaddled after a race.
  4. Land, fenced or otherwise delimited, which is most often part of a sheep or cattle property.
  5. (motor racing) An area at circuit where the racing vehicles are parked and worked on before and between races.
Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

paddock (third-person singular simple present paddocks, present participle paddocking, simple past and past participle paddocked)

  1. To provide with a paddock. To keep in, or place in, a paddock.

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia fr

Noun[edit]

paddock m (plural paddocks)

  1. paddock
  2. (slang) pad (bed)