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 Instead of staring in awe at the ceiling above, my kids stared at our puddles below. Shelly Rivoli, latimes.com, "Even with three kids in tow, there's no place like Rome," 11 July 2019 The late Farley went first, Wendt recalls, falling on his face in a mud puddle. Chris Boghossian, chicagotribune.com, "Da story behind Da Bears — and how the sausage-eating, Mike Ditka-obsessed, Chicago-aggrandizing Super Fans are still part of Chicago sports today," 3 Sep. 2019 The waterproof construction kept our feet dry when crossing streams and hiking through puddles after a thunderstorm. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Women's Hiking Boots for Any Outdoor Adventure," 13 Sep. 2019 Everything will have its place: Behold the handsome wicker basket where cold-weather gear lives; hello, coathooks, on which jackets that once sat in puddles on the floor will now be found at all times. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "This school year is going to be totally different, I swear!," 28 Aug. 2019 For your interest, there's also songs about going to a festival (no, not Coachella), making noises with traffic and jumping in muddy puddles — one of Peppa's favorite activities. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Peppa Pig just dropped her new, long-awaited album. It's no 'Baby Shark'," 19 July 2019 Cars were plowing bow waves through puddles of scum. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 Order the wildly elegant kebab and the brioche-like clouds of kubalah, which come with puddles of labaneh and fresh tomatoes. Vogue, "Where to Stay and Eat in London’s Renewed King’s Cross Neighborhood," 16 Sep. 2019 For a viking like Pukki, those stormy seas were more like puddles. SI.com, "Teemu Pukki: Why His Early Season Form Is No Flash in the Pan," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Scientists calculate that up to 250 million beaver ponds once puddled the continent—impounding enough water to submerge Washington, Oregon, and California. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Believe it or not, the company drew more clients on that infamous October night in 2008 when the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays kept playing Game 5 of the World Series despite heavy rain and puddling on the infield. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Phillies to play at 12:05 today, if rain stops | Extra Innings," 16 May 2018 Rainwater was puddling deeply on the playing surface as the Kiwis did their dance. Alan Dymock, CNN, "From Fiji to fancy dress, how rugby fell in love with the Hong Kong Sevens," 6 Apr. 2018 The steel balconies seemed to sway with the movement of bodies; beer puddled on the floor near the stage where fans were packed tight. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Foo Fighters Christen D.C.'s Newest Venue With Anthemic Hits," 13 Oct. 2017

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

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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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