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Etymology 1[edit]

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

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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)
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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.


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.
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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.


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paddock m ‎(plural paddocks)

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

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