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paddock1

[pad-uh k] /ˈpæd ək/
noun
1.
a small, usually enclosed field near a stable or barn for pasturing or exercising animals.
2.
the enclosure in which horses are saddled and mounted before a race.
3.
Australian. any enclosed field or pasture.
verb (used with object)
4.
to confine or enclose in or as in a paddock.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; variant of Middle English parrok, with r heard as flapped d; Old English pearroc enclosure, orig. fence. See park

paddock2

[pad-uh k] /ˈpæd ək/
noun
1.
Archaic. a frog or toad.
Origin
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
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British Dictionary definitions for pad-dock

paddock1

/ˈpædək/
noun
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.
(Austral, informal) the long paddock, a stockroute or roadside area offering feed to sheep and cattle in dry times
verb
7.
(transitive) to confine (horses, etc) in a paddock
Word Origin
C17: variant of dialect parrock, from Old English pearruc enclosure, of Germanic origin. See park

paddock2

/ˈpædək/
noun
1.
(archaic or dialect) a frog or toad Also called (Scot) puddock
Word Origin
C12: from pad toad, probably from Old Norse padda; see -ock
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Word Origin and History for pad-dock

paddock

n.

"a frog, a toad," c.1300, diminutive of pad "toad," from Old Norse padda; common Germanic (cf. Swedish padda, Danish padde, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch padde "frog, toad," also Dutch schildpad "tortoise"), of unknown origin and with no certain cognates outside Germanic.

"an enclosure," 1620s, alteration of Middle English parrock, from Old English pearroc "enclosed space, fence" (see park (n.)). Or possibly from Medieval Latin parricus (8c.), which ultimately is from Germanic.

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