One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A field where rice is grown.
- ‘‘It was like a huge group of grasshoppers surrounding a paddy field, ready to ravage the grains,’ the report said.’
- ‘Although the entire town was farmland, he would go to the plowing fields and rice paddies and work until dusk.’
- ‘Tall concrete buildings, trucks, and tuk-tuks, softly lit by the sun's early morning glow, are soon replaced by brown rice paddies, green fields, and tall, arching trees.’
- ‘On one side of the road in what looked like a paddy field after recent heavy rains a pheasant picked its way fussily around as though scared of getting its feet wet.’
- ‘According to the report, there were three massive cases of pollution, causing the death of vegetable fields, rice paddies and forests.’
- ‘The trenches also serve as cutoff drains between shrimp ponds and rice paddies and as wastewater drains for returning water from the shrimp ponds back to the irrigation canals.’
- ‘But he did not receive water from the government irrigation scheme in time, the paddy field dried out and he could not get a good harvest.’
- ‘The background, with hills covered by pine trees on one side of the road and stretches of blue sea on the other side, makes viewing the paddy field soothing to the eyes.’
- ‘The pitch was waterlogged before the start and continuous heavy rain meant it resembled a paddy field long before the end.’
- ‘The open landscape is harmoniously composed of grain fields, rice paddies, orchards, rape fields and vineyards.’
- ‘The government said on Monday the typhoon had affected 287,877 acres of farm land out of a total 4.67 million acres, flooding rice paddies and battering fruit and vegetable fields.’
- ‘Sighting a snake in a jungle could be difficult, but if you visited a paddy field in the rural areas, you could find hundreds of them, Mr. Whitaker said.’
- ‘At the base of the mountains, the land is green with fields and rice paddies; up above, lush drifts of cloud forest circle the high elevations; to the north and east is the shore of the Caspian Sea.’
- ‘Cadmium contamination is a worldwide problem, especially in Asia's flooded soils - called paddies - in which rice is grown.’
- ‘She was a three-month-old baby elephant, too small to keep up when her group had been caught raiding a paddy field and driven into the forest.’
- ‘The countryside is beautiful, with farmhouses and rice paddies in the valleys, surrounded by wooded hills and mountains.’
- ‘Ronnie Robb was walking through a paddy field in the foothills of the Himalayas when the wasp stung him.’
- ‘Encouraging farmers in Thung Yai to grow rice in permanent paddies is also against the Pwo concept of land use because it implies ownership of the land.’
- ‘We found a wonderful little pagoda in the middle of rice paddies and tobacco fields in the village of Wuping.’
- ‘The geographical location of the paddy field made the expanse of land that it encompasses brim with surprises - with never ending tales of its own.’
2mass noun Rice before threshing or in the husk.
- ‘The FCI has a capacity to store 106.66 lakh tonnes of wheat and paddy, he said.’
- ‘They include an overflowing measure of paddy or rice, coconuts, fruits, a lamp, a mirror, and other objects.’
- ‘The six-week programmes conducted by these schools include those on paddy, cotton, groundnut and pulses.’
- ‘The heavy rainfall is also conducive to growing rice paddy in flatter areas.’
- ‘Farmers across the north and northeast of the country are rushing to plant off-season paddy in the hope of gaining extra revenue from rising rice prices, according to the Office of Agricultural Economics.’
- ‘It is possible that the total production from a hectare of rice paddy is less than 350 kilograms?’
- ‘The paddy is the rice as it comes from the plant through the harvester, when this goes through the mill, this husk is removed which leaves brown rice, and then further milling will turn this into white rice.’
- ‘This would help the consumer, producer and the poor women who process paddy and sell rice.’
- ‘A pinewood house with a shiny tin roof awaits his family of nine, as well as a plot of rice paddy.’
- ‘The 38-year-old rice-grower plans to convert his 2,000 square metres of rice paddy into fruit orchards.’
- ‘Her grandparents cultivated paddy and always gave away the best quality rice to people who came to them seeking charity.’
- ‘The waters in these three rivers irrigate the plains of Punjab, which produce most of the wheat and paddy that Indians eat and, if any left, export.’
- ‘In view of the damage caused to the crops such as paddy, bajra etc, the government would declare drought so that relief could be extended to the affected farmers.’
- ‘There are paddy, cucumbers and long beans that are ready for the harvest.’
- ‘Also, conventionally, paddy remains in water throughout the season.’
- ‘The government therefore has frozen rice procurement price at the 2002 level of Rs 6.10 for a kilogram of rice paddy.’
- ‘After weeks in the heat and dust of the plains, we smelt for the first time the chlorophyll scent of ripe crops: terrace upon terrace of salad-green rice paddy.’
- ‘Young coconuts and clay jugs were positioned above the stage, which was decorated with sugarcane leaves, paddy, garlic and chilies.’
- ‘India is self-sufficient in wheat and paddy but deficient in other agricultural produce.’
- ‘In October 2002, the State Government had revised the water rates for sugarcane, paddy, wheat, cotton, groundnut, sunflower and other crops.’
Early 17th century: from Malay pādī.
A fit of temper.‘John drove off in a paddy’
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- ‘With that she threw a paddy and put the phone down on him.’
- ‘I know I'm sounding like some kid having a paddy but my point still stands.’
- ‘Crooks explained: ‘He had a bit of a paddy but he's realised that if he is going to stay at the club he has to go along with what I tell him.’’
- ‘I wouldn't exactly say he's straight with me either, but at least he doesn't run off in a paddy.’
- ‘When they weren't, I started looking through the back of the green and was in a bit of a paddy because I thought I had lost my ball.’
Late 19th century: from Paddy, associated with obsolete paddywhack ‘Irishman (given to brawling’).
An Irishman (often as a form of address).
Late 18th century: pet form of the Irish given name Padraig.
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