For some of New Yorkers, though, the dating pool can be a puddle—thanks to the “culture of honor.”
When he spills his cup of coffee, he first tries to mop the mess with his fingers, then dams up the puddle with toilet paper.
The girl was lying on her back and her feet were floating in a puddle.
early 14c., "small pool of dirty water," frequentative or diminutive of Old English pudd "ditch," related to German pudeln "to splash in water" (cf. poodle). Originally used of pools and ponds as well.
"to dabble in water, poke in mud," mid-15c., from puddle (n.); extended sense in iron manufacture is "turn and stir (molten iron) in a furnace." Related: Puddled; puddling.