• IPA: /ˈpædl̩/, /ˈpæ.dəl/
    • (America) IPA: [ˈpʰæ.ɾɫ̩]

paddle (plural paddles)

  1. A two-handed, single-bladed oar used to propel a canoe or a small boat.
  2. A double-bladed oar used for kayaking.
  3. Time spent on paddling.
    We had a nice paddle this morning.
  4. A slat of a paddleboat's wheel.
  5. A paddlewheel.
  6. A blade of a waterwheel.
  7. (video games, dated) A game controller with a round wheel used to control player movement along one axis of the video screen.
  8. (British) A meandering walk or dabble through shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  9. A kitchen utensil shaped like a paddle and used for mixing, beating etc.
  10. A bat-shaped spanking implement
    The paddle practically ousted the British cane for spankings in the independent US.
  11. A ping-pong bat.
  12. A flat limb of an aquatic animal, adapted for swimming.
    ''A sea turtle's paddles make it swim almost as fast as land tortoises are slow
  13. In a sluice, a panel that controls the flow of water.
  14. A group of inerts
  15. A handheld defibrillation/cardioversion electrode
  16. (slang) hand
  17. padel (sport)
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: pagayage
  • German: Paddelei, Paddeltour
  • Portuguese: remada
  • Russian: гре́бля
  • French: pale
  • Russian: ло́пасть
Translations Translations
  • French: pale, aube
  • Italian: pala, pala dell'elica
  • Russian: ло́пасть
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: volet
  • Russian: затво́р

paddle (paddles, present participle paddling; past and past participle paddled)

  1. (transitive) To propel something through water with a paddle, oar, hands, etc.
    • as the men were paddling for their lives
    • while paddling ducks the standing lake desire
    • 1884: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter IX
      Daytimes we paddled all over the island in the canoe […]
  2. (intransitive) To row a boat with less than one's full capacity.
  3. (transitive) To spank with a paddle.
  4. To pat or stroke amorously or gently.
    • c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      to be paddling palms and pinching fingers.
  5. To tread upon; to trample.
Translations Translations Verb

paddle (paddles, present participle paddling; past and past participle paddled)

  1. (intransitive, British) To walk or dabble playfully in shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  2. To toddle.
  3. (archaic, intransitive) To toy or caress using hands or fingers.

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