puddle

noun
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

puddle

verb
puddled; puddling\ ˈpəd-​liŋ How to pronounce puddling (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

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Other Words from puddle

Verb

puddler \ ˈpəd-​lər How to pronounce puddler (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 Blood washed down Vermont Street, mingling with a puddle by the yellow curb. USA Today, "A stubborn stain, a selfless act, a wrenching discovery: cleaning up after Chris Beaty’s death in Indianapolis," 1 June 2020 Blood washed down Vermont Street, mingling with a puddle by the yellow curb. Mary Claire Molloy, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrubbing away blood the day after Chris Beaty’s death, a man has startling realization," 1 June 2020 At Orchard Beach in the Bronx, which was crowded a weekend earlier, parking lots were mostly empty except for large puddles. Author: David Crary, Amy Forliti, Geir Moulson, Anchorage Daily News, "Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond," 24 May 2020 At Orchard Beach in the Bronx, which was crowded a weekend earlier, parking lots were mostly empty except for large puddles. David Crary, Amy Forliti And Geir Moulson, Houston Chronicle, "Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond," 24 May 2020 At Orchard Beach in the Bronx, which was crowded a weekend earlier, parking lots were mostly empty except for large puddles. David Crary, BostonGlobe.com, "Americans largely wary as restrictions ease; virus news from overseas is mixed," 23 May 2020 An anti-fungus floor protects your tent in humid areas, and the bathtub-style construction means puddles won’t form overnight. Outdoor Life, "Four affordable tents for groups," 18 May 2020 Lakes and rivers that overflow during the winter months are reduced to puddles and trickles come summer. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 11 May 2020 On a wet morning in January, George Rocha stood on the rim of the giant cement basin in his backyard and, looking down, watched as rainwater pooled into standing puddles. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Skate craft," 11 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s no running into town when the last cubes start to melt, no water puddling in the bottom to turn sandwiches soggy or hard-earned venison into ugly gray matter. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons You Need an Electric Cooler," 25 Mar. 2020 Feldman also hates curtains that are too short or too puddled on the floor. Washington Post, "Professional decorators spill their 12 design pet peeves," 22 Oct. 2019 Floodwaters regularly puddled on her street, in her neighbor’s yards and came all the way up to her door. Alex Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Her new Boynton Beach house floods. Under Texas law, she would have been warned, but not in Florida.," 28 Oct. 2019 Floodwaters regularly puddled on her street, in her neighbor’s yards and came all the way up to her door. Alex Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida doesn’t require home sellers to reveal flooding history," 28 Oct. 2019 Blood had puddled on a cardboard mat near his mouth. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: He died homeless and alone, but his wife had never lost hope he’d return.," 7 Sep. 2019 Souvenirs from his time include a fortune worth of silk window treatments — draped, swagged, fringed, puddled or ballooned — that reach past 20 feet tall in the living room. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.35M Bloomfield Hills home comes with 2 kitchens and a tree house," 29 June 2019 Three different kinds of cheese, freshly snipped basil, and sweet tomato sauce puddled with olive oil. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Cast-iron-roasted chicken took a familiar comfort to a new level, the bird’s tawny skin drizzled with rich jus that puddled into potato gnocchi flecked with Cabot cheddar. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Craig LaBan's first bite of the Delaware beaches | A dining guide," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of puddle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for puddle

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for puddle

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The first known use of puddle was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Puddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puddle. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for puddle

puddle

noun
How to pronounce puddle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of puddle

: a small amount of water, mud, etc., on the ground

puddle

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

Kids Definition of puddle

: a very small pool of liquid

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