Definitions for paddleˈpæd l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pad•dleˈpæd l(n.; v.)-dled, -dling.

  1. (n.)a short, flat-bladed oar for propelling and steering a canoe or small boat, usu. held by both hands and moved through a vertical arc.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. any of various similar implements used for mixing, stirring, or beating.

  3. a similarly shaped implement used to spank or beat someone.

  4. a racket with a short handle and a wide, rounded blade, used in table tennis, paddle tennis, etc.

  5. an implement used for beating garments while washing them in running water, as in a stream.

  6. a blade of a paddle wheel.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  7. Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: paddle wheel.

  8. a flipper or limb of a penguin, turtle, whale, etc.

    Category: Zoology

  9. an act of paddling.

  10. (v.i.)to propel or travel in a canoe or the like by using a paddle.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  11. (v.t.)to propel with a paddle.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  12. to spank with or as if with a paddle.

  13. to stir, mix, or beat with or as if with a paddle.

  14. to hit (a ball) with a paddle.

Origin of paddle:

1400–50; late ME padell implement for cleaning a plowshare, of uncert. origin


pad•dleˈpæd l(v.i.)-dled, -dling.

  1. to move the feet or hands in water.

Origin of paddle:

1520–30; orig. uncert.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. paddle(noun)

    small wooden bat with a flat surface; used for hitting balls in various games

  2. paddle(noun)

    a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel

  3. paddle(noun)

    an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board

  4. paddle, boat paddle(verb)

    a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat

  5. paddle(verb)

    propel with a paddle

    "paddle your own canoe"

  6. dabble, paddle, splash around(verb)

    play in or as if in water, as of small children

  7. paddle(verb)

    swim like a dog in shallow water

  8. toddle, coggle, totter, dodder, paddle, waddle(verb)

    walk unsteadily

    "small children toddle"

  9. spank, paddle, larrup(verb)

    give a spanking to; subject to a spanking

  10. paddle(verb)

    stir with a paddle

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. paddle(noun)ˈpæd l

    a long piece of wood with one or two flat ends, used to move a boat forward

    canoe/kayak paddles

  2. paddleˈpæd l

    a walk in shallow water

  3. paddle(verb)ˈpæd l

    to move a boat using a paddle

    to paddle a canoe/kayak

  4. paddleˈpæd l

    to wade in shallow water

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paddle(verb)

    to use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes

  2. Paddle(verb)

    to dabble in water with hands or feet; to use a paddle, or something which serves as a paddle, in swimming, in paddling a boat, etc

  3. Paddle(verb)

    to pat or stroke amorously, or gently

  4. Paddle(verb)

    to propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles

  5. Paddle(verb)

    to pad; to tread upon; to trample

  6. Paddle(verb)

    an implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats

  7. Paddle(verb)

    the broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle

  8. Paddle(verb)

    one of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel

  9. Paddle(verb)

    a small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough

  10. Paddle(verb)

    a paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle

  11. Paddle(verb)

    a paddle-shaped implement for string or mixing

  12. Paddle(verb)

    see Paddle staff (b), below


  1. Paddle

    A paddle is a tool used for pushing against liquids, either as a form of propulsion in a boat or as an implement for mixing.

Translations for paddle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a short, light oar, often with a blade at each end of the shaft, used in canoes etc.

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