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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.
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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.
    • Wycliffe
      Soothly if thou wilt not deliver, lo! I shall smite all thy terms with paddocks. (Exodus 8:2)
    • Edmund Spenser
      The grisly toadstool grown there might I see, / And loathed paddocks lording on the same.
    • Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.1.10
      FIRST WITCH: I come, Graymalkin.
      SECOND WITCH: Paddock calls.
      THIRD WITCH: Anon.
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paddock m (plural paddocks)

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

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paddock m (plural paddocks)

  1. (motor racing) paddock