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 Koretz then attached himself to a venture to turn Arkansas swampland into paddy fields for growing rice. Ron Grossman,, "Flashback: Leo Koretz, the Ponzi of Chicago, suckered investors and wooed women with his ill-gotten wealth," 5 Mar. 2021 My parents grew it in our backyard in Florida inside a miniature paddy fashioned from a baby’s swimming pool buried in the ground. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, "Youn Yuh-jung Comes to America," 1 Mar. 2021 On the edge of the paddy, the team’s weapons specialist was knocked out by a mortar blast, and the medic was shot through the head. New York Times, "A Black Soldier’s Heroism, Overlooked in 1965, May Finally Be Lauded in 2021," 15 Feb. 2021 It’s located in a very rural area, away from the main tourist trail and is just surrounded by fishing villages, paddy fields and nature. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, "Arnaud Zannier On How To Open A Hotel During A Pandemic," 24 Feb. 2021 Contract farming in Punjab was identified as a possible solution to break away from the wheat-paddy cycle and promote crop diversification. Raghav Simha, Quartz India, "Why India’s chefs and restaurants must pay attention to the farmer protests," 17 Feb. 2021 The team was pushed back into a muddy rice paddy with no cover. New York Times, "A Black Soldier’s Heroism, Overlooked in 1965, May Finally Be Lauded in 2021," 15 Feb. 2021 At Shenyang University Architectural Campus in northern China’s Liaoning Province, rice for the cafeteria is grown in the school’s very own rice paddy, which serves as a training grounds for budding architects and landscape designers. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Are ‘Edible Landscapes’ the Future of Public Parks?," 16 Nov. 2020 For more than a decade, Sanit harvested harder varieties on his four-acre paddy. Randy Thanthong-knight,, "Thailand Bets on a New Rice Grain to Feed the World," 12 Nov. 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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13 Mar 2021

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“Paddy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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