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noun (1)

pad·​dy ˈpa-dē How to pronounce paddy (audio)
variants or less commonly padi
plural paddies also padis
: rice
especially : threshed unmilled rice
: wet land in which rice is grown


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noun (2)

Pad·​dy ˈpa-dē How to pronounce Paddy (audio)
plural Paddies
slang, often disparaging + offensive

Examples of paddy in a Sentence

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The result is a sprawling hotel footprint across 25 acres surrounded by lush rainforest and rice paddies that dramatically cascade down hillsides. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Dec. 2023 This increasingly popular village on Bali's south coast is close to some of the island's most important temples, plus it's surrounded by scenic rice paddies and banana plantations. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 4 June 2024 My legs ferried me past terraced rice paddies, two goats chomping hay at a farmstead, and a woodworker’s shed of chiseled lucky owls. Norma Meyer, Orange County Register, 15 May 2024 Travelers will have the opportunity to see water buffalo, lotus ponds, rice paddies, and other local flora and fauna. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for paddy 

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Word History


Noun (1)

Malay padi

Noun (2)

from Paddy, Hiberno-English nickname for Patrick

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1714, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paddy was in 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Paddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


pad·​dy ˈpad-ē How to pronounce paddy (audio)
plural paddies
: wet land in which rice is grown

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