pad dock


1 [pad-uhk]
a small, usually enclosed field near a stable or barn for pasturing or exercising animals.
the enclosure in which horses are saddled and mounted before a race.
Australian. any enclosed field or pasture.
verb (used with object)
to confine or enclose in or as in a paddock.

1540–50; variant of Middle English parrok, with r heard as flapped d; Old English pearroc enclosure, orig. fence. See park Unabridged


2 [pad-uhk]
Archaic. a frog or toad.

1350–1400; Middle English paddok(e), derivative of early Middle English pad toad (compare E dial. pad frog); akin to Dutch, Low German pad, Old Norse padda; see -ock Unabridged
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paddock1 (ˈpædək)
1.  a small enclosed field, often for grazing or training horses, usually near a house or stable
2.  (in horse racing) the enclosure in which horses are paraded and mounted before a race, together with the accompanying rooms
3.  (in motor racing) an area near the pits where cars are worked on before races
4.  (Austral), (NZ) any area of fenced land
5.  (Austral), (NZ) a playing field
6.  informal (Austral) the long paddock a stockroute or roadside area offering feed to sheep and cattle in dry times
7.  (tr) to confine (horses, etc) in a paddock
[C17: variant of dialect parrock, from Old English pearruc enclosure, of Germanic origin. See park]

paddock2 (ˈpædək)
archaic, dialect or Also called (Scot): puddock a frog or toad
[C12: from pad toad, probably from Old Norse padda; see -ock]

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Word Origin & History

"a frog, a toad," c.1300, dim. of pad "toad," from O.N. padda; common Gmc. (cf. Swed. padda, Dan. padde, O.Fris., M.Du. padde "frog, toad," also Du. schildpad "tortoise"), of unknown origin and with no certain cognates outside Gmc.

"an enclosure," 1622, alteration of M.E. parrock, from O.E. pearroc "enclosed space, fence" (see park). Or possibly from M.L. parricus (8c.), which is ult. from Gmc.
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