paddle

verb (1)
pad·​dle | \ ˈpa-dᵊl How to pronounce paddle (audio) \
paddled; paddling\ ˈpad-​liŋ How to pronounce paddling (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of paddle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to move the hands or feet about in shallow water
2 archaic : to use the hands or fingers in toying or caressing
3 : toddle

paddle

noun

Definition of paddle (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a usually wooden implement that has a long handle and a broad flattened blade and that is used to propel and steer a small craft (such as a canoe)
b : an implement often with a short handle and a broad flat blade that is used for stirring, mixing, or hitting especially : one used to hit a ball in any of various games (such as table tennis)
c : a small usually numbered sign that is raised by a bidder at an auction to signal a bid
d : a flat electrode that is the part of a defibrillator placed on the chest of a patient and through which a shock of electricity is discharged
2a : any of the broad boards at the circumference of a paddle wheel or waterwheel
b : any of the broad blades attached to a shaft (as in an ice cream machine) and used for stirring
3 : a computer input device with a dial used to control linear movement of a cursor on a computer display

paddle

verb (2)
paddled; paddling\ ˈpad-​liŋ How to pronounce paddling (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of paddle (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to go on or through water by or as if by means of a paddle or paddle wheel

transitive verb

1a : to propel by a paddle
b : to transport in a paddled craft paddled us to shore in his canoe
2a : to beat or stir with or as if with a paddle (as in washing or dyeing)
b : to punish by or as if by beating with a paddle

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Other Words from paddle

Verb (1)

paddler \ ˈpad-​lər How to pronounce paddler (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Verb (2)

paddler \ ˈpad-​lər How to pronounce paddler (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of paddle in a Sentence

Noun Use the mixer's paddle attachment to mix the dough. The potter used a paddle to shape the clay.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The brothers, non-athletes for most of their lives, began paddling in earnest last year. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Local blind paddlers get set for world’s largest outrigger canoe race," 28 Aug. 2019 Both reveled in the Yampa’s unpredictable whitewater flows, Brown paddling solo one day in an inflatable kayak. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "A run through Colorado’s Yampa whitewater reveals the wildness that remains. But will the West’s rivers survive urban demands?," 23 June 2019 Rhodes wrote alongside the incredible shot of a deer paddling away with the old and new inlet bridges in the background. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Boaters Shocked to Find Deer Swimming Across Dangerous Outer Banks Inlet," 10 June 2019 The French River strolls into this pond from the north, and guests will paddle upstream one mile-plus and return back to the start point. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 Rent a canoe, kayak or SUP to paddle around the lake, before hiking trails through fiery-tinged forests and Atlantic cedar swamps. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "8 state parks in New England to visit this fall," 3 Sep. 2019 Late mornings are devoted to hiking up Jackson mountain, while guests have the choice in the afternoons to paraglide, paddle board, horseback ride, or get a spa treatment. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The World's Hardest Ski Destination Has a New Wellness Retreat," 13 Sep. 2019 Their kite had made its way to Hawaii, where big-wave surfers were used to paddling out into swells or getting towed into breaks by Jet Skis. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 After years of litigation, coastal and ranch officials agreed last year to a controversial deal that would have allowed access only to landowners, their guests, visitors with guides and those who could boat or paddle in from 2 miles away. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill to open Hollister Ranch beaches to the public heads to Gov. Newsom. Will he sign it?," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Railsback and Flowers had been friends for several years and played paddle ball together. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "What House Republicans Can Learn from the Bipartisan Effort to Impeach Nixon," 7 Nov. 2019 Snap of the day THE WITCHING OAR: Hundreds of paddle-wielding witches ditched their broomsticks and stormed the sunny Willamette River on Saturday for the third annual Stand Up Paddleboard Witch Paddle. oregonlive, "New measles cases tied to exposure at Portland airport: Morning Briefing," 28 Oct. 2019 In an interview Monday with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, the 35-year-old billionaire may as well have arrived with a defibrillator and paddles for his latest round of reputation resuscitation. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Note to Mark Zuckerberg: You can’t do damage control without giving straight answers," 22 Oct. 2019 During a memorial paddle-out just south of the Elle Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, dozens of surfers formed a ring in the ocean and hundreds gathered on the pier to cast flowers into the water. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hundreds celebrate life of ‘Einstein of the Oceans’ Walter Munk with paddle-out," 19 Oct. 2019 And 20,000-plus raincoated onlookers will cheer as racers progress approximately two inches per every eighty paddle strokes. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States," 15 Oct. 2019 On your return, paddle alongside Dubrovnik's ancient defensive walls that protrude from the sea. Erin E. Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Dubrovnik’s Dothraki-like hordes make Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor appealing," 11 Oct. 2019 As stomp champs, the Toe Jammer received $200 cash, etched paddles recognizing them as 2019 Grape Stomp Grand Champions, first-place ribbons and two magnums of CorreCaminos Vineyard’s Spaghetti Strap wine. Ramona Sentinel, "Scenes from 2019 Ramona Grape Stomp," 2 Oct. 2019 Benamor, then the store’s longest-serving employee, was feeding ground meat into one of the store’s meat mixers when the sleeve of his white coat got caught on one of the machine’s mixing paddles. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Highlights of Penn Dutch’s 45-year run in South Florida," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of paddle

Verb (1)

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1637, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for paddle

Verb (1)

origin unknown

Noun

Middle English padell spade-shaped tool for cleaning a plow

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Time Traveler for paddle

Time Traveler

The first known use of paddle was in 1530

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Paddle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paddles. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for paddle

paddle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paddle

: a long, usually wooden pole that has a wide, flat part at the end and is used to move and steer a small boat (such as a canoe)
US : an object with a short handle and a wide, flat part that is used to hit the ball in various games (such as table tennis)
: any one of various tools or devices that are wide, flat, and thin

paddle

verb
pad·​dle | \ ˈpa-dᵊl How to pronounce paddle (audio) \
paddled; paddling

Kids Definition of paddle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to move or drive forward with an instrument like an oar or with short quick movements of hands and feet
2 : to stir, mix, or beat with a paddle

paddle

noun

Kids Definition of paddle (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an instrument like an oar used in moving and steering a small boat (as a canoe)
2 : an implement having a broad flat end and used for beating, mixing, or hitting
3 : one of the broad boards at the outer edge of a waterwheel or a paddle wheel

paddle

verb
paddled; paddling

Kids Definition of paddle (Entry 3 of 3)

: to move or splash about in the water

paddle

noun
pad·​dle | \ ˈpad-ᵊl How to pronounce paddle (audio) \

Medical Definition of paddle

: a flat electrode that is the part of a defibrillator placed on the chest of a patient and through which a shock of electricity is discharged

called also paddle electrode

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