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Definition of paddy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    paddy

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpædi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædi//
     
    (pl. paddies) On the farm
     
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  1. 1(also paddy field) a field in which rice is grown a rice paddy See related entries: On the farm
  2. 2[usually singular] (British English, informal) a state of being angry or in a bad mood synonym temper The news put him in a bit of a paddy.
  3. Word Origin sense 1 early 17th cent.: from Malay pādī. sense 2 late 19th cent.: from Paddy, associated with obsolete paddywhack ‘Irishman (given to brawling)’.

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