noun (1)
pad·dy | \ˈpa-dē \
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 \
plural Paddies

Definition of Paddy (Entry 2 of 2)

slang, often disparaging + offensive

Examples of paddy in a Sentence

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The final days of the tour are spent on the magical island of Bali, noted for its terraced, bright green rice paddies. Phil Marty,, "A wild look at Indonesia, a lauded hotel at a winning price and more," 2 July 2018 But military hardware aside, the base could be a suburban slice of Anytown U.S.A., laid over Pyeoungtaek’s rice paddies. Time, "Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base," 13 July 2018 The inspiration for the shoes is Korea’s paddy fields, according to the website. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Kybun Joya Shoes, sports collectibles, sushi, whiskey fill downtowns," 9 July 2018 In Nara, rescuers were searching for a man in his 60s who hasn’t returned after going to check his rice paddies, while in Kochi, a 40-year-old man in his car was seen washed away. Washington Post, "At least 3 dead, several missing in Japan heavy rain, floods," 6 July 2018 As detailed in a previous column, Hart was abandoned in a Vietnamese rice paddy as a newborn, covered in scabies and boils, before being rescued by a nun and adopted by American parents. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Businesses must help make streets cleaner and safer, chamber leader says," 10 May 2018 The outskirts of the southern resort city of Sanya is home to China’s largest submarine base, while other naval and naval air stations are scattered across its 34,000 square kilometers (13,100 square miles) of mountains, jungle and rice paddies. Washington Post, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 23 Apr. 2018 Set among rice paddies and coconut groves, the infinity pool was ideal for cooling off in the intense heat — summer in India lasts from April to June, and humidity is high in the south, with temperatures in the mid-90s. Caren Osten Gerszberg, New York Times, "At a Yoga Retreat in India: Beach Walks, Body Treatments and Healing," 16 Feb. 2018 Some researchers, such as Hinrich Schaefer of New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, reckon that increasing numbers of cattle in India and China, along with more rice paddies in South-East Asia, are to blame. The Economist, "Scientists struggle to explain a worrying rise in atmospheric methane," 28 Apr. 2018

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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 \
plural paddies

Kids Definition of paddy

: wet land in which rice is grown

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