follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

puddle

[puhd-l] /ˈpʌd l/
noun
1.
a small pool of water, as of rainwater on the ground.
2.
a small pool of any liquid.
3.
clay or the like mixed with water and tempered, used as a waterproof lining for the walls of canals, ditches, etc.
verb (used with object), puddled, puddling.
4.
to mark or scatter with puddles.
5.
to wet with dirty water, mud, etc.
6.
to make (water) muddy or dirty.
7.
to muddle or confuse.
8.
to make (clay or the like) into puddle.
9.
to cover with pasty clay or puddle.
10.
Metallurgy. to subject (molten iron) to the process of puddling.
11.
to destroy the granular structure of (soil) by agricultural operations on it when it is too wet.
12.
Horticulture. to dip the roots of (a tree, shrub, etc.) into a thin mixture of loam and water to retard drying out during transplanting.
verb (used without object), puddled, puddling.
13.
to wade in a puddle:
The children were puddling.
14.
to be or become puddled:
The backyard was puddling.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; (noun) Middle English puddel, podel, pothel, apparently diminutive of Old English pudd ditch, furrow (akin to Low German pudel puddle); (v.) late Middle English pothelen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
puddler, noun
puddly, adjective
unpuddled, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for puddly

puddle

/ˈpʌdəl/
noun
1.
a small pool of water, esp of rain
2.
a small pool of any liquid
3.
a worked mixture of wet clay and sand that is impervious to water and is used to line a pond or canal
4.
(rowing) the patch of eddying water left by the blade of an oar after completion of a stroke
verb
5.
(transitive) to make (clay, etc) into puddle
6.
(transitive) to subject (iron) to puddling
7.
(intransitive) to dabble or wade in puddles, mud, or shallow water
8.
(intransitive) to mess about
Derived Forms
puddler, noun
puddly, adjective
Word Origin
C14 podel, diminutive of Old English pudd ditch, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for puddly

puddle

n.

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.

v.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for puddle

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for puddly

13
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for puddly