American English

Definition of paddle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a short pole with a flat wide part at one or both ends, that you hold in both hands and use for moving a small boat, especially a canoe, through water compare oar
  2. 2[countable] a tool or part of a machine shaped like a paddle, especially one used for mixing food
  3. 3[countable] a bat used for playing table tennis
  4. 4[countable] a piece of wood with a handle, used for hitting children as a punishment see also dog-paddle
  5. Idioms
    up the creek (without a paddle) (informal)
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    in a difficult or bad situation I was really up the creek without my car.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: paddle