Definition of badling in US English:



  • A group of ducks.

    ‘a badling of ducks is out in full force’
    • ‘We had a wonderful visitor, or should I say a badling of visitors? So glad Mama Duck stopped by to show off her babies.’
    • ‘I encountered a badling of common eider on a northern island of Iceland.’
    • ‘These bird tracks in the snow were left by a badling of ducks.’
    • ‘The tunnel was full with a badling of ducks which all took flight upon our approach.’
    • ‘Immediately, a gaggle of geese and a badling of ducks dashed towards us waddling with unbridled joy.’


Late Middle English (in a medieval glossary of collective terms): probably either a variant of paddling or derived from babble.