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puddle

noun pud·dle \ ˈpə-dᵊl \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of puddle

1 :a very small pool of usually dirty or muddy water
2 a :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

Examples of puddle in a Sentence

  1. She accidentally stepped in a puddle and got her shoes wet.

  2. After the storm, the road was covered in deep puddles.

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Origin and Etymology of puddle

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

puddle Synonyms

Synonyms
billabong [Australian], mere [chiefly British], 1pool, stank [British dialect], well
Related Words
basin, hole, sinkhole; swimming pool; lake, pond, water hole

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puddle

verb

Definition of puddle

puddled; puddling play \ˈpəd-liŋ, ˈpə-dᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
:to dabble or wade around in a puddle
transitive verb
1 :to make muddy or turbid :muddle
2 a :to work (a wet mixture of earth or concrete) into a dense impervious mass
b :to subject (iron) to the process of puddling
3 a :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

puddler

play \ˈpəd-lər, ˈpə-dᵊl-ər\ noun

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First Known Use of puddle

15th century


PUDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

puddle

noun

Definition of puddle for English Language Learners

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


PUDDLE Defined for Kids

puddle

noun pud·dle \ ˈpə-dᵊl \

Definition of puddle for Students

:a very small pool of liquid


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