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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. Rough or unhusked rice, either before it is milled or as a crop to be harvested. [from 17th c.]
    • 2011, Deepika Phukan, translating Arupa Patangia Kalita, The Story of Felanee:
      Taking out a handful of paddy the old woman exclaimed, “Look how good this paddy is! It is called Malbhog – it makes excellent puffed rice.”
  2. A paddy field, a rice paddy; an irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown. [from 20th c.]

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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 []

Etymology 3[edit]

Possibly from Paddy (Irishman)


paddy (plural paddies)

  1. A fit of temper; a tantrum
    throw a paddy etc.
    • 2013, Mike Brown, Adventures with Czech George (page 17)
      I like the story of the Emperor Frederick who got into a paddy with his cook, and shouted: 'I am the Emperor, and I want dumplings.'
  2. (African American Vernacular, slang) A white person.
  3. (colloquial, England) A labourer's assistant or workmate.


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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for paddy in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)