What does puddle mean?

Definitions for puddle
ˈpʌd lpud·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puddlenoun

    a mixture of wet clay and sand that can be used to line a pond and that is impervious to water when dry

  2. pool, puddlenoun

    a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid

    "there were puddles of muddy water in the road after the rain"; "the body lay in a pool of blood"

  3. pool, puddleverb

    something resembling a pool of liquid

    "he stood in a pool of light"; "his chair sat in a puddle of books and magazines"

  4. puddleverb

    wade or dabble in a puddle

    "The ducks and geese puddled in the backyard"

  5. puddleverb

    subject to puddling or form by puddling

    "puddle iron"

  6. puddleverb

    dip into mud before planting

    "puddle young plants"

  7. puddleverb

    work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud

  8. puddleverb

    mess around, as in a liquid or paste

    "The children are having fun puddling in paint"

  9. muddle, puddleverb

    make into a puddle

    "puddled mire"

  10. puddleverb

    make a puddle by splashing water

  11. addle, muddle, puddleverb

    mix up or confuse

    "He muddled the issues"

  12. make, urinate, piddle, puddle, micturate, piss, pee, pee-pee, make water, relieve oneself, take a leak, spend a penny, wee, wee-wee, pass waterverb

    eliminate urine

    "Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug"


  1. puddlenoun

    A small pool of water, usually on a path or road.

  2. puddlenoun

    Stagnant or polluted water.

  3. puddlenoun

    A homogeneous mixture of clay, water, and sometimes grit, used to line a canal or pond to make it watertight.

  4. puddleverb

    To form a puddle.

  5. puddleverb

    To play or splash in a puddle.

  6. puddleverb

    To process iron by means of puddling.

  7. puddleverb

    To line a canal with puddle (clay).

  8. puddleverb

    To collect ideas, especially abstract concepts, into rough subtopics or categories, as in study, research or conversation.

  9. Etymology: podel, diminutive of pudd 'ditch', from *puddo (compare Low German Pudel 'puddle').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Puddlenoun

    A small muddy lake; a dirty plash.

    Etymology: from puteolus, Lat. Stephen Skinner; from poil, dirt, old Bavarian, Franciscus Junius; hence pool.

    The Hebrews drink of the well-head, the Greeks of the stream, and the Latins of the puddle. Joseph Hall.

    Thou did’st drink
    The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle
    Which beasts would cough at. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    A physician cured madmen thus: they were tied to a stake, and then set in a puddle, ’till brought to their wits. Roger L'Estrange.

    Treading where the treacherous puddle lay,
    His heels flew up; and on the grassy floor
    He fell, besmear’d with filth. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Happy was the man, who was sent on an errand to the most remote street, which he performed with the greatest alacrity, ran through every puddle, and took care to return covered with dirt. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

  2. To Puddleverb

    To muddy; to pollute with dirt; to mix dirt and water.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    As if I saw my sun shine in a puddled water, I cried out of nothing but Mopsa. Philip Sidney.

    Some unhatch’d practice
    Hath puddled his clear spirit; and, in such cases,
    Men’s natures wrangle with inferiour things,
    Though great ones are their object. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    His beard they sing’d off with brand of fire,
    And ever as it blaz’d, they threw on him
    Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair. William Shakespeare.

    The noblest blood of Africk
    Runs in my veins, a purer stream than thine;
    For, though derived from the same source, thy current
    Is puddl’d and defil’d with tyranny. Dryden.


  1. Puddle

    A puddle is a small accumulation of liquid, usually water, on a surface. It can form either by pooling in a depression on the surface, or by surface tension upon a flat surface. A puddle is generally shallow enough to walk through, and too small to traverse with a boat or raft. Small wildlife may be attracted to puddles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puddlenoun

    a small quantity of dirty standing water; a muddy plash; a small pool

  2. Puddlenoun

    clay, or a mixture of clay and sand, kneaded or worked, when wet, to render it impervious to water

  3. Puddleverb

    to make foul or muddy; to pollute with dirt; to mix dirt with (water)

  4. Puddleverb

    to make dense or close, as clay or loam, by working when wet, so as to render impervious to water

  5. Puddleverb

    to make impervious to liquids by means of puddle; to apply puddle to

  6. Puddleverb

    to subject to the process of puddling, as iron, so as to convert it from the condition of cast iron to that of wrought iron

  7. Puddleverb

    to make a dirty stir

  8. Etymology: [OE. podel; cf. LG. pudel, Ir. & Gael. plod pool.]


  1. Puddle

    A puddle is a small accumulation of liquid, usually water, on a surface. It can form either by pooling in a depression on the surface, or by surface tension upon a flat surface. Puddles are usually formed from rain water or from irrigation. A puddle is generally small enough for an adult to step over, shallow enough to walk through, and too small to traverse in a boat or raft. Puddles can be a source of fascination for children. Small wildlife may be attracted to puddles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Puddle

    pud′l, n. an ill-shaped, awkward person. [Cf. Low Ger. purrel, something short and thick.]

  2. Puddle

    pud′l, n. a small pool of muddy water: a mixture of clay and sand.—v.t. to make muddy: to stir up mud: to make water-tight by means of clay: to convert into bar or wrought iron.—v.i. to make a dirty stir.—ns. Pudd′ler, one who turns cast-iron into wrought-iron by puddling; Pudd′ling, the act of rendering impervious to water by means of clay: the process of converting cast into bar or wrought iron.—adj. Pudd′ly, dirty. [M. E. podel (prob. for plod-el)—Celt.; Ir. plodach, plod, a pool.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of puddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of puddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of puddle in a Sentence

  1. English Proverb:

    Every puddle has crap in it...

  2. Choi Kyung-in:

    We have changed leadership, set up a safety command center and now receive instant messages from the chief executive down to take immediate measures for the smallest incidents, including when a puddle is found or a customer trips.

  3. Natalie Aristel:

    Here's where I sleep in a puddle, they burned my house and shot my husband seven times.

  4. Gertrude Stein:

    You are so afraid of losing your moral sense that you are not willing to take it through anything more dangerous than a mud puddle.

  5. President Patty Wood:

    The rule was a pervasive invasion of private property rights where the EPA literally had complete control of every drop of water in the country from a mud puddle to a farm pond, we fully support Attorney General Schmitt’s efforts to push back on the reconsideration of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

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