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  • IPA(key): /ˈpædək/
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Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of Middle English parrok, parrock (enclosure, fence, paddock), from Old English pearroc, pearruc (enclosure, fence), from Proto-Germanic *parrukaz (enclosure, fence). Cognate with Dutch perk (flowerbed, garden, pen), German Pferch (sheepfold, sheep-pen), Danish park (pond). Related to park, spar.


paddock (plural paddocks)

  1. A small enclosure or field of grassland, especially for horses.
  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.
  6. (field sports, slang) The playing field.
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paddock (third-person singular simple present paddocks, present participle paddocking, simple past and past participle paddocked)

  1. (transitive) To provide with a paddock.
  2. (transitive) To keep in, or place in, a paddock.

Etymology 2[edit]

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

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paddock (plural paddocks)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) A frog or toad.
    • c. 1382–1395, John Wycliffe; John Purvey, Terence P. Noble, editor, Wycliffe’s Old Testament, published 2010, Exodus 8:2–3:
      [] soothly if thou wilt not deliver (them), lo! I shall smite all thy terms, or coasts, with paddocks; (and if thou wilt not let them go, lo! I shall cover all thy land with frogs,) and the flood shall boil out paddocks, []
    • 1579, Immeritô [pseudonym; Edmund Spenser], “December. Aegloga Duodecima.”, in The Shepheardes Calender: [], London: Printed by Hugh Singleton, [], OCLC 606515406; republished as The Shepheardes Calender, [], imprinted at London: By Iohn Wolfe for Iohn Harrison the yonger, [], 1586, OCLC 837880809:
      The grisly toadstool grown there might I see, / And loathed paddocks lording on the same.
    • 1606, Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.1.10
      FIRST WITCH: I come, Graymalkin.
      SECOND WITCH: Paddock calls.
      THIRD WITCH: Anon.
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From English paddock


paddock m (plural paddocks)

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

Further reading[edit]



From English paddock. Doublet of parque.


paddock m (plural paddocks)

  1. (motor racing) paddock