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



    BrE BrE//ˈpædl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædl//
    Parts of boats and ships, Travelling by boat or ship
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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 See related entries: Parts of boats and ships, Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2[countable] a tool or part of a machine shaped like a paddle, especially one used for mixing food
  3. 3a paddle [singular] (British English) an act or period of walking in shallow water with no shoes or socks Let's go for a paddle. see also dog-paddle
  4. 4[countable] (North American English) a bat used for playing table tennis
  5. 5[countable] (North American English) a piece of wood with a handle, used for hitting children as a punishment
  6. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 and noun senses 4 to 5 late Middle English (denoting a small spade-like implement): of unknown origin. Current senses date from the 17th cent. noun sense 3 mid 16th cent.: of obscure origin; compare with Low German paddeln ‘tramp about’; the association with water remains unexplained.Idioms
    up the creek (without a paddle)
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    (informal) in a difficult or bad situation I was really up the creek without my car. See related entries: Rivers and lakes
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