pud·​dle | \ ˈpə-dᵊl How to pronounce puddle (audio) \

Definition of puddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a very small pool of usually dirty or muddy water
2a : an earthy mixture (as of clay, sand, and gravel) worked while wet into a compact mass that becomes impervious to water when dry
b : a thin mixture of soil and water for puddling plants


puddled; puddling\ ˈpəd-​liŋ How to pronounce puddle (audio) , ˈpə-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of puddle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to dabble or wade around in a puddle

transitive verb

1 : to make muddy or turbid : muddle
2a : to work (a wet mixture of earth or concrete) into a dense impervious mass
b : to subject (iron) to the process of puddling
3a : to strew with puddles
b : to compact (soil) especially by working when too wet
c : to dip the roots of (a plant) in a thin mud before transplanting

Other Words from puddle


puddler \ ˈpəd-​lər How to pronounce puddle (audio) , ˈpə-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for puddle

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of puddle in a Sentence

Noun She accidentally stepped in a puddle and got her shoes wet. After the storm, the road was covered in deep puddles.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The water instantly painted a dark puddle, which soaked through to the skin on my wrist. Jeremy Rellosa, Outside Online, 27 Apr. 2022 And a parking lot puddle becomes a tourist attraction in Minnesota. CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 Most of us have only a puddle of creativity, at best. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 While the couple, in their 70s, paid to move wiring to another part of their house, their yard remained a massive puddle. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Apr. 2022 Second, make sure the area around the animal is relatively clean; a pile of dirt or a mucky puddle could also transfer microbes to the meat. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 28 Mar. 2022 The creek was mostly dry, except for a puddle in the rocky stream bed. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 5 Feb. 2022 Tim Trently said what appeared to be a puddle was actually 4 to 5 feet deep, causing the vehicle to roll over in the water. NBC News, 4 Apr. 2022 News that at one point during the reunion, everyone—except maybe Schwimmer—was in a puddle of tears. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Baggy jeans and crop tops, puddle pants and sweater vests—many of your go-to looks could likely be taken up a notch with one of the best belts. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 29 Sep. 2021 Under the hot couscous, the goat cheese melted into a creamy, salty, tangy puddle. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 His umbrella, proving useless to fend off water, becomes a prop to his tap dancing and puddle jumping. Nadine Zylberberg, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Aug. 2021 Other exterior changes for 2021 include an optional 20-inch alloy wheel, redesigned roof rails and power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators and puddle lamps. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2021 Mold and mildew deposits can form in the rubber door gasket on front load washers if water is allowed to puddle there. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2021 Water will puddle in the low spots toward the middle of lakes and ponds where the ice sags. Run the shorelines on lakes. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2020 For: Hunting mixed bags of divers and puddle ducks on major lakes and rivers in the winter, and fishing in the spring. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 14 Dec. 2020 Some of the places puddle ducks like best simply can’t be accessed with a regular outboard motor. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 14 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of puddle


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for puddle


Middle English podel; akin to Low German pudel puddle, Old English pudd ditch

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10 May 2022

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“Puddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puddle. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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pud·​dle | \ ˈpə-dᵊl How to pronounce puddle (audio) \

Kids Definition of puddle

: a very small pool of liquid

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