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

     

    paddle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpædl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paddle
    BrE BrE//ˈpædl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædl//
     
    he / she / it paddles
    BrE BrE//ˈpædlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædlz//
     
    past simple paddled
    BrE BrE//ˈpædld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædld//
     
    past participle paddled
    BrE BrE//ˈpædld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædld//
     
    -ing form paddling
    BrE BrE//ˈpædlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpædlɪŋ//
     
    Hobbies, Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 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. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2(British English) (North American English wade) [intransitive] to walk or stand with no shoes or socks in shallow water in the sea, a lake, etc. The children have gone paddling. See related entries: Hobbies
  3. 3[intransitive] to swim with short movements of your hands or feet up and down Wordfinderarmband, dive, flipper, float, goggles, length, paddle, stroke, swim, water wings
  4. 4[transitive] paddle somebody/something (North American English) to hit a child with a flat piece of wood as a punishment
  5. Word Originverb sense 1 and verb senses 3 to 4 late Middle English (denoting a small spade-like implement): of unknown origin. Current senses date from the 17th cent. verb sense 2 mid 16th cent.: of obscure origin; compare with Low German paddeln ‘tramp about’; the association with water remains unexplained.
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