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[pad-uh k] /ˈpæd ək/
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.
Origin of paddock1
1540-50; variant of Middle English parrok, with r heard as flapped d; Old English pearroc enclosure, orig. fence. See park


[pad-uh k] /ˈpæd ək/
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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Examples from the Web for paddock
Historical Examples
  • paddock, in the bulletin previously mentioned, pictures two of these tools and these are reproduced in Fig. 52.

  • "Let us go into the paddock," said Drake, and they began to cross the race track.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Ha'penny got up early, went out again to the paddock, and found the deer in a great state of excitement and agitation.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • Yes; I am going to inspect the paddock, and told Giles to meet me there.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • I have hired the paddock next to our garden, and have bought a pony, which will be here to-day, for the girls.

    Out on the Pampas G. A. Henty
  • She turned slowly to Drake, standing at her elbow, his eyes on the paddock.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • On the 26th 1,500 persons were entertained at dinner in a paddock.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • One morning she started for her daily expedition to the paddock.

  • A gravel walk or drive goes quite round to this side, and is divided from a paddock by laurels.

  • He was to be at the slip rails to allow the animal to be driven into the paddock.

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
British Dictionary definitions for paddock


a small enclosed field, often for grazing or training horses, usually near a house or stable
(in horse racing) the enclosure in which horses are paraded and mounted before a race, together with the accompanying rooms
(in motor racing) an area near the pits where cars are worked on before races
(Austral & NZ) any area of fenced land
(Austral & NZ) a playing field
(Austral, informal) the long paddock, a stockroute or roadside area offering feed to sheep and cattle in dry times
(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


(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 paddock

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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