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)

1. paddy, pate, pâte, pâté ; 2. paddy, patty. Unabridged


noun, plural Paddies.
Slang: Often Disparaging. an Irishman or a person of Irish descent.
a male given name.

familiar variant of Irish Padraig Patrick; see -y2 Unabridged
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paddy1 (ˈpædɪ)
n , 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
[from Malay pādī]

paddy2 (ˈpædɪ)
n , pl -dies
informal (Brit) a fit of temper
[C19: from Paddy]

Paddy (ˈpædɪ)
n , pl -dies
(sometimes not capital) an informal, often derogatory, name for an Irishman
[from Patrick]

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Word Origin & History

"rice field," 1623, "rice plant," from Malay padi "rice in the straw;" meaning "ground where rice is growing" (1948) is a shortening of paddy field.

"Irishman," 1780, slang, from the pet form of the common Irish proper name Patrick (Ir. 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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paddy definition

  1. n.
    a police officer, especially an Irish police officer. (Usually derogatory. Also an ill-advised term of address.) : Tell that paddy to go catch a crook or something.
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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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