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 About 226,000 people lived in the area, scattered among a number of villages between forested hills and rice paddies. Julia Hollingsworth, Yoonjung Seo And Jake Kwon, CNN, "He spent 20 years in prison for murder. Then someone else confessed to the same crime," 23 May 2020 Along Taiwan’s southwestern coast, streams flow through mango orchards and rice paddies toward the sea, some carrying unwanted pollutants. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "The web’s a threat to democracy? Think again, Taiwan says.," 8 Apr. 2020 Bali, the most popular Indonesian tourist destination, is already feeling the pinch of the virus outbreak with visitors staying away from its beaches and scenic terraced rice paddy fields. Rieka Rahadiana,, "Thousands of Chinese Stranded in Bali After Flight Ban," 10 May 2020 The big problem, though, is that rice is usually grown in water, and there's not much oxygen in the muddy bottom of a rice paddy. Moises Velasquez-manoff, Wired, "The Fishy Fix to a Methane-Spewing Crop," 1 Apr. 2020 In addition to experiencing crowd-free temples and terraced rice paddies, treat yourself to traditional Balinese dishes. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "20 warm-weather destinations to visit this winter if you just can't take the cold anymore," 5 Dec. 2019 Nakajima and his colleagues suggest that the domestication of carp farming may have been closely linked to rice paddies. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Aquaculture may be the future of seafood, but its past is ancient," 17 Sep. 2019 Before industrialization, a seaside fishing village or hillside paddy-field farm might have sustained a simple, deliberate life of basic subsistence and straightforward agricultural trade, much like the life the player leads in Animal Crossing. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020 In California rice fields, golden shiner minnows introduced by the project have reduced methane coming off fallowed rice paddies by 64 percent. Moises Velasquez-manoff, Wired, "The Fishy Fix to a Methane-Spewing Crop," 1 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of paddy was in 1623

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2 Jun 2020

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“Paddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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