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[pad-lok] /ˈpædˌlɒk/
a portable or detachable lock with a pivoted or sliding shackle that can be passed through a link, ring, staple, or the like.
verb (used with object)
to fasten with or as with a padlock.
Origin of padlock
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English padlok. See pod3, lock1
Related forms
unpadlocked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for padlock
  • Linen is included in the price though you must provide your own padlock for your locker.
  • We should slap a padlock on his house and throw him in prison for five years.
  • The watertight cabinet supplied shall be of a construction such that its hinged cover can be locked by a standard padlock.
  • Look for the small padlock icon located in either the lower right- or left-hand corner of your browser window.
  • Provide locking device and padlock eyes as an integral part of latch, requiring on padlock for locking both gate leaves.
  • Provide locking device and padlock eyes as an integral part of latch, requiring one padlock for locking both gate leaves.
  • padlock labels can also be used for padlocks without red bodies.
  • The key to the lock should not be removable unless the padlock is closed.
  • If the padlock is closed, the information is encrypted.
  • At the bottom of your screen, you will notice that a small locked padlock symbol has appeared on the status bar.
British Dictionary definitions for padlock


a detachable lock having a hinged or sliding shackle, which can be used to secure a door, lid, etc, by passing the shackle through rings or staples
(transitive) to fasten with or as if with a padlock
Word Origin
C15 pad, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for padlock

"removable lock," late 15c., from lokke (see lock (n.)), but the first element is of unknown origin.


1640s, from padlock (n.). Related: Padlocked; padlocking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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