- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move a small boat through water using a paddle (+ adv./prep.) We paddled downstream for about a mile. paddle something (+ adv./prep.) We paddled the canoe along the coast.
- 2[intransitive] to swim with short movements of your hands or feet up and down
- 3 [transitive] paddle somebody/something to hit a child with a flat piece of wood as a punishment
NAmE//ˈpædl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paddle
he / she / it paddles
past simple paddled
-ing form paddling