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A rice paddy in Bangladesh.


Etymology 1[edit]

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


paddy (plural paddies)

  1. Rice, before it is milled.
  2. An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown.

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Etymology 2[edit]

English dialect paddy (worm-eaten).


paddy (comparative more paddy, superlative most paddy)

  1. (obsolete) Low; mean; boorish; vagabond.
    • Digges (1585)
    • 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 []

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.