Pronunciation Noun

paddy (plural paddies)

  1. Rough or unhusked rice, either before it is milled or as a crop to be harvested. [from 17th c.]
    • 2011, Deepika Phukan, translating Arupa Patangia Kalita, The Story of Felanee:
      Taking out a handful of paddy the old woman exclaimed, “Look how good this paddy is! It is called Malbhog – it makes excellent puffed rice.”
  2. A paddy field, a rice paddy; an irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown. [from 20th c.]
  • French: paddy, riz paddy
  • Italian: risone
  • Russian: ри́с-па́дди
  • Spanish: arroz con cáscara, arroz en cáscara
Translations Adjective


  1. (obsolete) Low; mean; boorish; vagabond.
    • Even after the expiration of four months the condition of the paddy persons continued most destitute. The English soldiers became mere barefoot starving beggars in the streets […]

paddy (plural paddies)

  1. A fit of temper; a tantrum
    throw a paddy etc.
    • 2013, Mike Brown, Adventures with Czech George (page 17)
      I like the story of the Emperor Frederick who got into a paddy with his cook, and shouted: 'I am the Emperor, and I want dumplings.'
  2. (AAVE, slang) A white person.
  3. (colloquial, England) A labourer's assistant or workmate.
  4. A drill used in boring wells, with cutters that expand on pressure.
  • IPA: /ˈpædi/
    • (North America) IPA: [ˈpʰæɾi]
Proper noun
  1. An Irish nickname for Patrick.

paddy (plural Paddies)

  1. (slang, sometimes, offensive) An Irish person.

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