paddy

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noun pad·dy \ˈpa-dē\
variants: or less commonly

padi

Definition of paddy

plural

paddies

also

padis

  1. 1 :  rice; especially :  threshed unmilled rice

  2. 2 :  wet land in which rice is grown

Origin and Etymology of paddy

Malay padi


First Known Use: 1623


Paddy

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noun Pad·dy \ˈpa-dē\

Definition of Paddy

plural

Paddies

slang, often disparaging + offensive

  1. :  irishman

Origin and Etymology of paddy

from Paddy, Hiberno-English nickname for Patrick


First Known Use: 1714


PADDY Defined for English Language Learners

paddy

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noun pad·dy \ˈpa-dē\

Definition of paddy for English Language Learners

  • : a wet field where rice is grown


PADDY Defined for Kids

paddy

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noun pad·dy \ˈpa-dē\

Definition of paddy for Students

plural

paddies

  1. :  wet land in which rice is grown



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