dog paddle


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 In Ontario, one family had no idea what to do about a moose doing the dog paddle in their pool. Rachel Levin,, "In the Bay Area, wildlife comes out to play while humans shelter in place," 3 June 2020 Look, the pond, the ducks, the dogs paddling after their prized sticks. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, "I gave up on being Superwoman a long time ago. I don’t do everything.," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of dog paddle

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Dog paddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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