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IPA(key): /ˈpædl̩/, /ˈpæ.dəl/ (US)
Partly from the verb paddle (“to splash, dabble”; see below) and partly from Middle English padell (“small spade”). Middle English padell is from Medieval Latin padela, itself of uncertain origin: perhaps an alteration of Middle English *spaddle, a diminutive of spade; or from Latin patella (“pan, plate”), the diminutive of patina, or a merger of the two. Compare Ancient Greek πηδάλιον (pēdálion, “rudder, steering oar”), derived from πηδός (pēdós, “the blade of an oar; an oar”).
paddle (plural paddles)
- A two-handed, single-bladed oar used to propel a canoe or a small boat.
- A double-bladed oar used for kayaking.
- Time spent on paddling.
- We had a nice paddle this morning.
- A slat of a paddleboat’s wheel.
- A paddlewheel.
- A blade of a waterwheel.
- (video games, dated) A game controller with a round wheel used to control player movement along one axis of the video screen.
- (Britain) A meandering walk or dabble through shallow water, especially at the seaside.
- A kitchen utensil shaped like a paddle and used for mixing, beating, etc.
- A broad, flat spanking implement.
- The paddle practically ousted the British cane for spankings in the independent US.
- (ping pong) A broad, flat device used in striking the ball, analogous to a racket in tennis.
- Synonyms: racket, bat (UK)
- A flat limb of an aquatic animal adapted for swimming.
- A sea turtle’s paddles make it swim almost as fast as land tortoises are slow.
- In a sluice, a panel that controls the flow of water.
- A group of inerts.
- A handheld defibrillation/cardioversion electrode.
- (slang) hand
- (sports) Alternative form of