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1Australian (of a young farm animal) fed by hand:‘there's always a special bond with the animals that have been poddy calves or lambs’
2dialect (of a person) fat.
A calf, in particular one which is fed by hand:‘poddies were a lot of work because of the constant feeding’
[with object] Feed (a young animal) by hand:‘poddying the calves was to be my job, so Fred told me’
Mid 18th century (in the sense ‘resembling a pod’): from pod + -y.
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