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paddy

[pad-ee] /ˈpæd i/
noun, plural paddies.
1.
a rice field.
2.
rice, especially in the husk, either uncut or gathered.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Malay padi unhusked rice; currency of this word in E of India perhaps due to early association with Kannada batta, bhatta unhusked rice (< Indo-Aryan; compare Hindi, Marathi bhāt cooked rice, Sanskrit bhakhta food, meal)
Can be confused
paddy, pate, pâte, pâté.
paddy, patty.

Paddy

[pad-ee] /ˈpæd i/
noun, plural Paddies.
1.
Slang: Often Disparaging. an Irishman or a person of Irish descent.
2.
a male given name.
Origin
familiar variant of Irish Padraig Patrick; see -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for paddy

paddy1

/ˈpædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
Also called paddy field. a field planted with rice
2.
rice as a growing crop or when harvested but not yet milled
Word Origin
from Malay pādī

paddy2

/ˈpædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(Brit, informal) a fit of temper
Word Origin
C19: from Paddy

Paddy

/ˈpædɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(sometimes not capital) an informal, often derogatory, name for an Irishman
Word Origin
from Patrick
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Word Origin and History for paddy
n.

"rice field," 1620s, "rice plant," from Malay padi "rice in the straw." Main modern meaning "ground where rice is growing" (1948) is a shortening of paddy field.

Paddy

n.

"Irishman," 1780, slang, from the pet form of the common Irish proper name Patrick (Irish Padraig). It was in use in black slang by 1946 for any "white person." Paddy wagon is 1930, perhaps so called because many police officers were Irish. Paddywhack (1881) originally meant "an Irishman."

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Slang definitions & phrases for paddy

paddy

modifier

: I know I can't be tight with this paddy boy

noun
  1. An Irish person or person of Irish extraction (1780+)
  2. (also patty) A white person: Even a drunken black shoeshine man could handle the likes of this paddy (1946+ Black)

[fr the nickname of the given name Patrick]


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Encyclopedia Article for paddy

small, level, flooded field used to cultivate rice in southern and eastern Asia. Wet-rice cultivation is the most prevalent method of farming in the Far East, where it utilizes a small fraction of the total land yet feeds the majority of the rural population. Rice was domesticated as early as 3500 BC, and by about 2,000 years ago it was grown in almost all of the present-day cultivation areas, predominantly deltas, floodplains and coastal plains, and some terraced valley slopes.

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