paddy wagon


pad·​dy wagon ˈpa-dē- How to pronounce paddy wagon (audio)
: an enclosed motortruck used by police to carry prisoners

called also Black Maria, patrol wagon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An officer called for a paddy wagon and attempted to restrain Johnson. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Mar. 2022 The police tracked him down and forced him into a paddy wagon with Chestnut and Watkins. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Zach Turner, 6, an Arlington Heights resident who checked out the paddy wagon and discovered there was room for all his friends. Elizabeth Owens-schiele,, 21 Oct. 2021 Another white student was thrown into a paddy wagon for walking down the street with a female student from a local black college. Lea Lane, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Hamdeed was placed in a paddy wagon, taken to jail and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. al, 28 May 2021 That kind of calmness, however, was starkly jolted by being in the paddy wagon. Joelle Goldstein,, 14 Aug. 2020 As Perry looks away in shame, Emily's ushered into a paddy wagon, her deceased son into a hearse., 29 June 2020 They were handcuffed, placed into a police paddy wagon, and taken to the Birmingham City Jail. Carol Robinson |, al, 2 June 2020 See More

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Word History


probably from Paddy

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paddy wagon was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Paddy wagon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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