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

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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 Grossman’s sweet and engaging disposition also is a necessary balance for the skeptic’s first cup of kava — an odd sensation of drinking a mud puddle mixed with dish soap and mouthwash, but not hating it. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Kamp Kava is like relaxing in a hidden mountain cabin — just off State Road 7," 21 Apr. 2021 There were two that hung and hovered by the mud puddle and the musk thistle. New York Times, "The Year of the Goldfinches," 18 Mar. 2021 Bringing the local desert into the endurance narrative, Attukwei Clottey spread a puddle-shaped sheet on the ground that links the two cubes. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Desert X has a great big wall. Beyond that, this art biennial feels thin," 16 Mar. 2021 Layers of translucent black silk lie in a puddle at its foot — a shadow that reflects the sculpture, but also the owner, or owners, of all that forms the sculpture. BostonGlobe.com, "At Gallery Kayafas, two artists build on family memories," 11 Feb. 2021 For some of us, being pandemic-era consumers has been like perpetually looking for something to watch on Netflix: near-endless rumination on our choices, followed by melting into a puddle of indecision, then settling for something easy or familiar. Tracey Lindeman, Fortune, "A year of exhaustion has weakened consumers’ resolve to make ethical buying choices," 29 Mar. 2021 The mirrors range from being puddle-like to rectangular with wavy or oval frames, and pretty much all of them are crafted in eye-catching colors or interesting shapes. Irina Grechko, refinery29.com, "Why Do So Many Outfit Selfies Feature This Mirror?," 10 Feb. 2021 Below, shop the best puddle pants available right now. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, "What Are Puddle Pants and Why Do I Want 20 Pairs?," 10 Mar. 2021 In July, after the initial shutdown ended, the first person on her table, a single woman in her 60s, ended the session in a puddle of tears. Washington Post, "Coronavirus: What you need to read," 6 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "The first step in extracting your snowmachine from overflow: Avoid overflow," 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, "6 Styles of Duck Boats (And How to Pick the Right One For You)," 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, "6 Styles of Duck Boats (And How to Pick the Right One For You)," 14 Dec. 2020 On a bed of ice cubes, oysters puddle in their shells next to a sliding pinkish moraine of shrimp. David Roth, The New Republic, "How Don Jr. Became the Future of Trumpism," 27 Oct. 2020 Already, in the last few seasons, blazers have been worn two sizes too big, puddle pants have replaced everything previously cropped, and jeans have been designed specifically to be worn big. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Why Is Shopping For Plus-Size Vintage Clothing So Hard?," 18 Sep. 2020 If the oil begins to puddle or drip, wipe it with a clean tack cloth. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Clean Teak Furniture," 22 July 2020 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

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Puddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puddle. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of puddle

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


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

Kids Definition of puddle

: a very small pool of liquid

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