paddy

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

Definition of paddy

plural paddies also padis
1 : rice; especially : threshed unmilled rice
2 : wet land in which rice is grown

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Origin and Etymology of paddy

Malay padi

First Known Use: 1623


Paddy

noun Pad·dy \ ˈpa-dē \

Definition of Paddy

plural Paddies
slang, often disparaging + offensive

Origin and Etymology of paddy

from Paddy, Hiberno-English nickname for Patrick

First Known Use: 1714


PADDY Defined for English Language Learners

paddy

Definition of paddy for English Language Learners

  • : a wet field where rice is grown


PADDY Defined for Kids

paddy

noun pad·dy \ ˈpa-dē \

Definition of paddy for Students

plural paddies
: wet land in which rice is grown


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