What does paddle mean?

Definitions for paddle
ˈpæd lpad·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paddlenoun

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

  2. paddlenoun

    a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel

  3. paddlenoun

    an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board

  4. paddle, boat paddleverb

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

  5. paddleverb

    propel with a paddle

    "paddle your own canoe"

  6. dabble, paddle, splash aroundverb

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

  7. paddleverb

    swim like a dog in shallow water

  8. toddle, coggle, totter, dodder, paddle, waddleverb

    walk unsteadily

    "small children toddle"

  9. spank, paddle, larrupverb

    give a spanking to; subject to a spanking

  10. paddleverb

    stir with a paddle


  1. Paddleverb

    To spank with a paddle or as if with a paddle; -- usually as a disciplinary punishment of children.

  2. Paddleverb

    To mix (a viscous liquid) by stirring or beating with a paddle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Paddlenoun

    Etymology: pattal, Welsh.

    Have a paddle upon thy weapon. Deut. xxiii. 13.

  2. To Paddleverb

    Etymology: patouiller, Fr.

    As the men were paddling for their lives. Roger L'Estrange.

    Paddling ducks the standing lake desire. John Gay.

    The brain has a very unpromising aspect for thinking: it looks like an odd sort of bog for fancy to paddle in. Collier.

    A wolf lapping at the head of a fountain, spyed a lamb paddling a good way off. Roger L'Estrange.

    Paddling palms, and pinching fingers,
    And making practis’d smiles,
    As in a looking-glass. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. Paddle

    A paddle is a handheld tool with an elongated handle and a flat, widened distal end (i.e. the blade), used as a lever to apply force onto the bladed end. It most commonly describes a completely handheld tool used to propel a human-powered watercraft by pushing water in a direction opposite to the direction of travel (i.e. paddling). It is different to an oar (which is similar in shape and performs the same function via rowing) in that the latter is attached to the watercraft via a fulcrum.


  1. paddle

    A paddle is a tool, often long and flat, used typically in pairs, for propelling small, water-based vehicles like canoes, rafts, or rowboats. It usually has a shaft with a handle at one end and a broad, flat blade at the other, which is dipped into the water and pulled back, driving the boat forward or controlling its direction. It can also refer to various implements or devices that resemble such an instrument in shape or use.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paddleverb

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

  2. Paddleverb

    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. Paddleverb

    to pat or stroke amorously, or gently

  4. Paddleverb

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

  5. Paddleverb

    to pad; to tread upon; to trample

  6. Paddleverb

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

  7. Paddleverb

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

  8. Paddleverb

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

  9. Paddleverb

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

  10. Paddleverb

    a paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle

  11. Paddleverb

    a paddle-shaped implement for string or mixing

  12. Paddleverb

    see Paddle staff (b), below

  13. Etymology: [See Paddle, v. i.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paddle

    pad′l, v.i. to dabble in water with the hands or the feet: to touch or toy with the fingers: to beat the water as with the feet: to row: to move in the water as a duck does: (slang) to make off.—v.t. to move by means of an oar or paddle: to finger, toy with.—n. a short, broad, spoon-shaped oar, used for moving canoes: the blade of an oar: one of the boards at the circumference of a paddle-wheel.—ns. Padd′le-beam, one of the large timbers at the side of a paddle-wheel; Padd′le-board, one of the floats on the circumference of a paddle-wheel; Padd′le-box, a wooden box covering the upper part of the paddle-wheel of a steamer; Padd′ler, one who paddles; Padd′le-shaft, the axle on which the paddle-wheels of a steamer turn; Padd′le-wheel, the wheel of a steam-vessel, which by turning in the water causes it to move forward; Padd′le-wood, the light, strong wood of a Guiana tree of the dogbane family. [For pattle, freq. of pat.]

  2. Paddle

    pad′l, n. (B.) a little spade.—n. Padd′le-staff, a spade for clearing a ploughshare. [Prob. from spaddle; cf. Spade.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. paddle

    A kind of oar, used by the natives of India, Africa, America, and by most savages; it is shorter and broader in the blade than the common oar.--To paddle, is to propel a boat more purely by hand, that is, without a fulcrum or rowlock.

Rap Dictionary

  1. paddlenoun

    Gun. "Say why ya creep without a muthaphuckin paddle" -- Lady or Rage (Lyrical Gangbang).

Editors Contribution

  1. paddle

    To walk through water.

    The children love to paddle in the paddling pool.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  


  1. Paddle

    the flattened joints of posterior tarsi in aquatic Hemiptera.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of paddle in a Sentence

  1. Jacob Braude:

    Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.

  2. Richard Theoharis:

    He’s very capable on the paddle board so it seems fishy to me, he was under pressure. He owed $600,000 and he didn’t have it. He was afraid the judge would throw him in jail. If he’s scared, we hope he will contact us. Make a phone call. Just let somebody know you’re safe so we can rest at night.

  3. Cruise Passenger Lynch:

    I'm especially excited about the new Loire cruises because it's a river which has yet to be explored, paddle ships will allow this to be done for the first time in 2015.

  4. Melissa Romero:

    When I first started I couldn't paddle more than five minutes at a time. Now I can probably do an hour continuous.

  5. Ernie Medina:

    A beginner might not be able to tell the difference between a $ 50 paddle and a $ 300 paddle, but a more experienced player definitely can.

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  • مجدافArabic
  • palaCatalan, Valencian
  • pádloCzech
  • padle, pagaj, paddel, padleåreDanish
  • Paddel, paddeln, TischtennisschlägerGerman
  • κουπίGreek
  • paleta, palaSpanish
  • mõlaEstonian
  • meloa, kahlailla, evä, melonta, maila, mela, lätkä, siipiratas, kahlailu, siipi, piestä, melontaretki, lasta, läppäFinnish
  • pagaie, volet, pagayage, spatule, aube, nageoire, palette, pale, rame, palme, raquette, aviron, paletter, hélice, pagayerFrench
  • céasla, céaslaighIrish
  • grunnaichScottish Gaelic
  • evező, evezHungarian
  • paddla, róaIcelandic
  • pagaiaItalian
  • מָשׁוֹטHebrew
  • 叩く, 櫂, 漕ぐ, 受け板, パドル, かい, 羽根板, 外輪, 水掻き, ラケット, 杓文字, しゃもじ, 扉Japanese
  • hoeMāori
  • pagaai, peddelen, scheprad, peddel, van de roede geven/slaan, waterrad, schoep, pootjebaden, gepeddel, paddelDutch
  • wiosłowaćPolish
  • remoPortuguese
  • гребля, гребное колесо, плица, весло, грести, лопатка, ракетка, плавник, затвор, лопастьRussian
  • racket, ro, bordtennisracket, paddla, paddelSwedish
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