noun (1)
pad·​dy | \ ˈpa-dē How to pronounce paddy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly padi
plural paddies also padis

Definition of paddy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : rice especially : threshed unmilled rice
2 : wet land in which rice is grown


noun (2)
Pad·​dy | \ ˈpa-dē How to pronounce Paddy (audio) \
plural Paddies

Definition of Paddy (Entry 2 of 2)

slang, often disparaging + offensive

Examples of paddy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One day, passengers might be admiring Peranakan architecture in George Town; the next, banana plantations or biking through Thai paddy fields. Kate Springer, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 In addition to police squads, paddy wagons, motorcycles and more, the fire department had a ladder fire truck, an apparatus bay and other emergency rescue equipment on display for viewing. Elizabeth Owens-schiele,, 21 Oct. 2021 Luxury cruisers today seem just as happy to drive a mud-spattered 4x4 to a Balinese rice paddy and lunch on nasi goreng instead of a burger by the pool. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Sep. 2021 Its gruesome highlight was the massacre of at least 2,000 Muslim villagers in the paddy fields around a town called Nellie. New York Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Its white-framed windows look onto lush green paddy fields and a path of tall green trees. Safina Nabi, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Sep. 2021 Three bombers crash landed, putting down in waters off China, a rice paddy, and in Russia. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Sep. 2021 On Earth, phosphine is often found in places that host anaerobic life, including lakes, marshes, paddy fields and in the sludge of landfills. Katrina Miller, Wired, 14 July 2021 Among those on board an overcrowded cargo plane that crashed into a rice paddy shortly after takeoff on April 4, was Captain Mary Therese Klinker, 27, of the Air Force. Francine Uenuma, Time, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of paddy

Noun (1)

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paddy

Noun (1)

Malay padi

Noun (2)

from Paddy, Hiberno-English nickname for Patrick

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English Language Learners Definition of paddy

: a wet field where rice is grown


pad·​dy | \ ˈpa-dē How to pronounce paddy (audio) \
plural paddies

Kids Definition of paddy

: wet land in which rice is grown

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