par·​a·​did·​dle ˈper-ə-ˌdi-dᵊl How to pronounce paradiddle (audio)
: a quick succession of drumbeats slower than a roll and alternating left- and right-hand strokes in a typical L-R-L-L, R-L-R-R pattern

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paradiddle was in 1835

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“Paradiddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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