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paddle1

[pad-l] /ˈpæd l/
noun
1.
a short, flat bladed oar for propelling and steering a canoe or small boat, usually held by both hands and moved more or less through a vertical arc.
2.
any of various similar implements used for mixing, stirring, or beating.
3.
any of various similar but smaller implements with a short handle for holding in one hand and a wide or rounded blade, used for a racket in table tennis, paddle tennis, etc.
4.
such an implement or a similarly shaped makeshift one, used to spank or beat someone.
5.
an implement used for beating garments while washing them in running water, as in a stream.
6.
Also called float, floatboard. a blade of a paddle wheel.
8.
any of the blades by which a water wheel is turned.
9.
a flipper or limb of a penguin, turtle, whale, etc.
10.
an act of paddling.
11.
Also, pattle. British Dialect. a small spade with a long handle, used to dig up thistles.
12.
(in a gate of a lock or sluice) a panel that slides to permit the passage of water.
verb (used without object), paddled, paddling.
13.
to propel or travel in a canoe or the like by using a paddle.
14.
to row lightly or gently with oars.
15.
to move by means of paddle wheels, as a steamer.
verb (used with object), paddled, paddling.
16.
to propel with a paddle:
to paddle a canoe.
17.
to spank or beat with or as with a paddle.
18.
to stir, mix, or beat with or as with a paddle.
19.
to convey by paddling, as a canoe.
20.
to hit (a table-tennis ball or the like) with a paddle.
Idioms
21.
paddle one's own canoe. canoe (def 6).
Origin of paddle1
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English padell (noun)
Related forms
paddler, noun

paddle2

[pad-l] /ˈpæd l/
verb (used without object), paddled, paddling.
1.
to move the feet or hands playfully in shallow water; dabble.
2.
to toy with the fingers.
3.
to toddle.
Origin
1520-30; origin uncertain
Related forms
paddler, noun
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Examples from the Web for paddler
Historical Examples
  • The canoe, its paddler bending low as he forced it into almost leaps, was scarce two lengths from the outlet.

    The Girl From Tim's Place Charles Clark Munn
  • Then he realized that Conan had called to the paddler in his own tongue.

    Beyond the Black River Robert E. Howard
  • Nearly every eye was on that canoe and its paddler, and barely a word spoken till we had navigated almost a mile of the bay.

    The Voodoo Gold Trail Walter Walden
  • The paddler on the Yukon, however, cannot become too absorbed in the beauties by the way.

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • One of them asked a question, and in reply a paddler held up a large bunch of fish.

    True to the Old Flag G. A. Henty
  • It would have taken rapid motions, but the paddler had proved his expertness in that.

    Blazing Arrow Edward S. Ellis
  • "It's Goff," said Van Dyck, when the paddler stepped out of the launch, and we made a rush for him.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • The paddler said that he had had great difficulty in eluding the white men and their agents.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • It was there in the bottom of the light vessels, in the drawn faces and attenuated bodies of the paddler crew of Shaunekuks.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • There was not a host of people to go in the royal canoe—Remandji, a paddler, and myself—that was all.

    Lost in the Jungle Paul Du Chaillu
British Dictionary definitions for paddler

paddle1

/ˈpædəl/
noun
1.
a short light oar with a flat blade at one or both ends, used without a rowlock to propel a canoe or small boat
2.
Also called float. a blade of a water wheel or paddle wheel
3.
a period of paddling: to go for a paddle upstream
4.
  1. a paddle wheel used to propel a boat
  2. (as modifier): a paddle steamer
5.
the sliding panel in a lock or sluicegate that regulates the level or flow of water
6.
any of various instruments shaped like a paddle and used for beating, mixing, etc
7.
a table-tennis bat
8.
the flattened limb of a seal, turtle, or similar aquatic animal, specialized for swimming
verb
9.
to propel (a canoe, small boat, etc) with a paddle
10.
paddle one's own canoe
  1. to be self-sufficient
  2. to mind one's own business
11.
(transitive) to convey by paddling: we paddled him to the shore
12.
(transitive) to stir or mix with or as if with a paddle
13.
to row (a boat) steadily, esp (of a racing crew) to row firmly but not at full pressure
14.
(intransitive) (of steamships) to be propelled by paddle wheels
15.
(intransitive) to swim with short rapid strokes, like a dog
16.
(transitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to spank
Derived Forms
paddler, noun
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin

paddle2

/ˈpædəl/
verb (mainly intransitive)
1.
to walk or play barefoot in shallow water, mud, etc
2.
to dabble the fingers, hands, or feet in water
3.
to walk unsteadily, like a baby
4.
(transitive) (archaic) to fondle with the fingers
noun
5.
the act of paddling in water
Derived Forms
paddler, noun
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for paddler

paddle

n.

c.1400, padell "small spade," from Medieval Latin padela, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin patella "small pan, little dish, plate," diminutive of patina (see pan (n.)).

Meaning "short oar with a wide blade" is from 1620s. As an instrument used for beating clothes (and slaves, and schoolboys), it is recorded from 1828, American English. Paddle-ball attested from 1935.

v.

"to dabble, wade in water," 1520s, probably cognate with Low German paddeln "tramp about," frequentative of padjen "to tramp, to run in short steps," from pad (v.). Related: Paddled; paddling. Meaning "to move in water by means of paddles" is a different word (see paddle (v.3)).

"to beat with a paddle, spank," 1856, from paddle (n.). Related: Paddled; paddling.

"to move in water by means of paddles," 1670s, from paddle (n.). To paddle one's (own) canoe "do for oneself" is from 1828.

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Slang definitions & phrases for paddler

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Idioms and Phrases with paddler

paddle

In addition to the idiom beginning with paddle also see: up the creek (without a paddle)
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