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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paddy, paddy field, rice paddynoun

    an irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown

  2. paddynoun

    rice in the husk either gathered or still in the field


  1. paddynoun

    Rice, before it is milled

  2. paddynoun

    An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown

  3. Paddynoun

    An Irish person (sometimes offensive).

  4. Paddynoun

    An Irish nickname for Patrick, originally from Pádrig (or Pádraig) the Irish language form of Patrick.

  5. Etymology: From padi, from padi, from pajay, from pajay.


  1. paddy

    A paddy is a field where rice is grown. The term is often used to refer to the wetland system of cultivating rice, which involves flooding fields with water to promote the growth of the rice plants.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paddyadjective

    low; mean; boorish; vagabond

  2. Paddynoun

    a jocose or contemptuous name for an Irishman

  3. Paddynoun

    unhusked rice; -- commonly so called in the East Indies

  4. Etymology: [Prov. E. paddy worm-eaten.]


  1. Paddy

    Paddy was an Irish carrier pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal after being the fastest pigeon to arrive back in England with news of the success of the D-Day invasion, out of hundreds dispatched. He flew 230 miles across the English Channel in four hours and fifty minutes, the fastest recorded crossing, and was awarded the medal on 1 September 1944, just under three months after the crossing. Paddy was trained by Andrew Hughes of Carnlough and is the only animal in Ireland to be awarded this medal. The medal citation reads, "For the best recorded time with a message from the Normandy Operations, while serving with the RAF in June, 1944." His medal was sold at auction for almost £7,000 in September 1999.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paddy

    pad′i, n. rice in the husk.—ns. Padd′y-bird, the Java sparrow or rice-bird; Padd′y-field, a field where rice is grown. [East Ind.]

  2. Paddy

    pad′i, n. a familiar name for an Irishman, from St Patrick: a drill used in boring wells, with cutters that expand on pressure.—n. Padd′y-whack, a nurse's word for a slap.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. paddy

    Rice in the husk, so called by the Malays, from whose language the word has found its way to all the coasts of India.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Paddy

    The common name for an Irishman, being short for “Pat,” after St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PADDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Paddy is ranked #45253 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Paddy surname appeared 473 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Paddy.

    69.7% or 330 total occurrences were White.
    18.6% or 88 total occurrences were Black.
    4.4% or 21 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3.5% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paddy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paddy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of paddy in a Sentence

  1. Tran Cong Dinh:

    So overall the annual paddy output will only be short by 700,000 tonnes.

  2. Krishna Krishnamurthy:

    Rivers are completely dry in several parts of the country, i saw green paddy fields, but it's not rice - it's weeds and grass. It's difficult to monitor remotely (from satellite images). That's why the post-harvest assessment will be quite critical.

  3. Balbir Arniawali:

    At the current price guar is not profitable. Pulses, paddy are giving better returns.

  4. Farmer Ramesh Singh:

    Last year, I promised myself I wouldn't set the rice paddy residue on fire to clear my field for planting winter crops, but as the new sowing season drew closer, I started running out of time and I reluctantly set the farm waste on fire to prepare the field for wheat planting.

  5. President Maithripala Sirisena:

    I instructed the Water Management Committee to release water for paddy farmers as soon as possible, but the paddy farmers remain unmoved. They want to start the cultivation after the (traditional) New Year.

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