dog paddle

noun

Definition of dog paddle

: an elementary swimming stroke in which the arms paddle in the water and the legs maintain a kicking motion

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Other Words from dog paddle

dog-paddle \ ˈdȯg-​ˌpa-​dᵊl How to pronounce dog paddle (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of dog paddle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Competitive pooches can win prizes in a swimsuit contest, diving, dog paddle race, and a pet and owner look-a-like contest. Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2021 Nearby, my husband coached our youngest into her first dog paddle. Erica Pearson, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 After leveling out his dog paddle, O’Malley brags without explanation about being the only talk-show host with his own river. Pablo Goldstein, Vulture, 15 June 2021 New swimmers often graduate from dog paddle to breaststroke, particularly in open water. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 29 May 2021 Many of us will be doing the dog paddle to stay afloat. Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2021 In Ontario, one family had no idea what to do about a moose doing the dog paddle in their pool. Rachel Levin, SFChronicle.com, 3 June 2020 Look, the pond, the ducks, the dogs paddling after their prized sticks. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of dog paddle

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dog paddle was in 1874

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“Dog paddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%20paddle. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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