Main definitions of paddle in English

: paddle1paddle2

paddle1

noun

  • 1A short pole with a broad blade at one or both ends, used without an oarlock to move a small boat or canoe through the water.

    • ‘As the two little craft pulled through the Gap, Guardian received a salute of raised paddles from the canoe, the tender lifting its oars on the gunwales for one stroke before resuming its rhythm.’
    • ‘Canoe Polo is a swimming pool-based sport played in a short, stable canoe using manoeuvrable polo paddles.’
    • ‘When forward paddling, slice your paddle into the water in front of you and pull it toward your hip like you're trying to retrieve a leaf on the surface.’
    • ‘The piece incorporates some of the images and experiences of Essadiqi's river adventures, as dancers interact with large floating wooden poles that represent paddles.’
    • ‘One of the most unusual yet innovative section award winners came from the Shearwater Team, who developed a canoe paddle based on the bio-mechanical properties of a bird's foot.’
    • ‘With a stroke of the paddle the Canadian canoe glides successfully through the last of the rapids and out onto a huge pool.’
    • ‘At the crack of dawn, as you slice through the calm river with quiet paddle strokes, your canoe glides upstream through a bank of fog that will slowly burn off with each cast of your fishing rod.’
    • ‘He swept his paddle over the water, indicating the whole lot.’
    • ‘As they walked and sang, they moved the paddles up and down imitating the movement of a racing canoe and giving a magnificent display of colour.’
    • ‘The paddles dipped into the water and the canoe pushed into the opening to the sewer.’
    • ‘Under a blanket of darkness, we set off in our twin-hulled craft, paddles slapping at the water, as Nitish sang devotional songs.’
    • ‘But the preferred stroke of Phelps, a man with a 6ft 7in armspan, hands like canoe paddles and an ability to fly through water, was yet to come.’
    • ‘I let the canoe drift with the current, trailing my paddle in the mocha-colored water.’
    • ‘Telli gave one last stroke on his paddle as they moved out of the shade of the trees into bright sunlight, then stopped, leaving the canoe gliding on through glassy calm water.’
    • ‘The steady dip and sweep of canoe paddles in the calm water is mesmerizing.’
    • ‘The Pemon also make wooden dugout and bark canoes, paddles, and bows, and they weave hammocks and baby carriers.’
    • ‘It was so big that Newman had to use a canoe paddle from his river boat to stir it.’
    • ‘There were four paddles inside the canoe, and the four soldiers each took one.’
    • ‘As they arrive at the village the night before a race, or line up the canoes at the beginning of the race, the paddlers sing songs and move their paddles up and down, giving a sumptuous display of colour and movement.’
    • ‘The oldest such finds, including wooden canoes and paddles, come from northern Europe and date to at most 9,000 years ago.’
    oar, scull, sweep, blade, spoon, spade
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    1. 1.1 An act of using a paddle in a boat.
      ‘a gentle paddle on sluggish water’
      • ‘After dinner and some fly casting tuition from Barry, Dan and I take a canoe out for a paddle on the wetland.’
      • ‘A typical morning workout consists of a 12-kilometer paddle, a 10k run, and weight training.’
      • ‘The event called the Mars Challenge, comprised of a demanding 20 km run, 78 km cycle and a 32 km kayak paddle.’
      • ‘There are some interesting features (previously unknown) on this new route such as a fresh water pool which will no doubt become a favorite spot for a swim or paddle.’
      • ‘The pool is a great place for a swim, paddle or just to sit beside and enjoy the ripple of the water.’
      • ‘The first stage is a 52 km paddle that is expected to take six to 12 hours.’
      • ‘Launch at Hana Bay for a short paddle around tranquil waters and surrounding coves.’
    2. 1.2North American A short-handled bat used in various ball games, especially table tennis.
      • ‘One type of paddle ball uses a heavy two-pound (one-kilogram) ball and appropriately large paddles with spikes.’
      • ‘André was interested in all sports, whether they involved balls, pucks, paddles or pedals.’
      • ‘Yes, the paddle is allowed to block the ball and you can bump the ball forward to the direction you wish to travel, but you're not allowed to take a swing at it, you're not allowed to treat it like a cricket bat.’
      • ‘Indeed, some glues used on paddles, as they are commonly known, are banned in international competition because they can make the ball travel up to 30 mph faster than usual.’
      • ‘He had a small red ball, the kind that at one time had been attached to a wooden paddle by a rubber string.’
      • ‘During that time, Nebulon continued to whack the small, pink rubber ball against the wooden paddle.’
      • ‘Kiara stuck her nose up in the air and marched past him, uncovering the ping-pong table along with its paddles and balls.’
      • ‘Each half is 10 minutes and the aim of the game is to score goals using the paddles or the hand.’
      • ‘Buy toys, like Frisbees, kites, or sports equipment such as Velcro paddles and tennis balls.’
      • ‘Over the years, Peet has seen the game increase in speed, the players increase in size, briefcases replace wallets, and paddles replace goalie sticks.’
    3. 1.3 A paddle-shaped instrument used for mixing food or for stirring or mixing in industrial processes.
      • ‘Add this to the batter and mix just until smooth - a few turns of the paddle should do it.’
      • ‘The person behind the counter slaps a scoop of ice cream onto a chilled marble slab, throws some cookie crumbs or chopped nuts on top, and mixes the whole thing together using flat paddles.’
      • ‘An old fashioned metal ice cream scoop or a flat metal paddle scoop works well to clean out the inside of a pumpkin.’
      • ‘For the rose petal cream: In bowl of food processor fitted with paddle, cream buttercream and butter until fluffy.’
    4. 1.4
      another term for peel
    5. 1.5North American informal A paddle-shaped instrument used for administering corporal punishment.
      • ‘The paddles turned out to be harmless slapsticks, with holes through the actual paddle part so they could cause a loud slapping noise without hurting.’
      • ‘Oklahoma school administrators say that while corporal punishment remains legal in the state, they rarely reach for the paddle.’
      • ‘Until then the Bradford Christian School, founded in Idle in 1993, had used a paddle or wooden ruler to discipline children.’
    6. 1.6 Each of the boards fitted around the circumference of a paddle wheel or mill wheel.
      • ‘The vessel has a split stern wheel and each is run by a twin diesel engine that powers hydraulic motors which turn the paddles.’
      • ‘The "Willamette Queen" was designed as a scaled down likeness of the former Mississippi and Yukon Territory Riverboats with paddles that really do propel her.’
    7. 1.7 A flat array of solar cells projecting from a spacecraft.
      • ‘The Nimbus-7 weighs 965 kilograms, is 3.04 meters tall, 1.52 meters in diameter at the base and 3.96 meters wide with solar paddles fully extended.’
      • ‘Duplicate solar paddles complete the configuration, which is similar to an ocean buoy's.’
    8. 1.8 The fin or flipper of an aquatic mammal or bird.
      • ‘Some of the most frequent gross morphological adaptations to an aquatic lifestyle include the modifications of limbs into paddles and the elongation and lateral flattening of the tail.’
      • ‘The limbs are modified to form large, relatively rigid paddles.’
      • ‘The forelimbs and hindlimbs are transformed into paddles.’
      • ‘Their wing bones are fused into a stiff paddle that enables them to hover at a bloom while drinking.’
      • ‘Those on land have short sturdy legs, while those living in marine environments possess powerful flippers, or paddles, for swimming.’
      • ‘Swimming crabs can easily be recognized by the fact that their hindmost legs have developed into ‘swimmerets’, paddle shaped at the ends so that they can be used for propulsion.’
      • ‘It appears from their architecture that the entire distal limb, not just the hands and feet, was used as a paddle.’
      • ‘Unlike other marine reptiles, Plesiosaurs have relatively small tails, but large and powerful paddles, so it is assumed that the latter were used in creating thrust.’
      • ‘The legs were semi-flattened to serve as paddles, but the hips and shoulders were still powerful and functional enough to provide support on land.’
    9. 1.9Medicine A plastic-covered electrode used in cardiac stimulation.
      • ‘Tia closed her eyes as the doctor pressed the paddles onto her mother's body.’
      • ‘Kate saw Stephen's body jerk as they administered the paddles to his bare chest.’
      • ‘You may have seen TV shows in which a hospital worker or paramedic ‘shocks’ an unconscious person out of cardiac arrest with a pair of electrified paddles.’
      • ‘During activation the paddle is thought to move into a more upright position, displacing charge through the membrane.’
      • ‘Holding the paddles, Donna looks over at the heart monitor.’
    10. 1.10
      short for bidding paddle

verb

  • 1[no object] Move through the water in a boat using a paddle or paddles.

    ‘he paddled along the coast’
    • ‘Swept along, we paddled furiously to miss the many boulders that appeared in front of us.’
    • ‘Unless some other canoe is in sight, one paddles along with a sense of solitude amid the mountains and the woods.’
    • ‘The beaches are among the world's finest, with soft, silver sand and water so clear you can spot rays and swordfish while paddling along the shore.’
    • ‘Days pass in adventure, paddling in dugout canoes or hiking through the rainforest with a guide from the village who points out leaves used to poison fish, or to make a maiden love you, and roots to enlarge your manhood.’
    • ‘The crew of nine paddled out on smaller boats in order to reach the island.’
    • ‘Elizabeth paddled around in the boat all morning, looking for any work she could find.’
    • ‘The navy rowers paddled with Rattapphumi from Sattahip along the coast to Bang Chang and Rayong before saying goodbye and allowing Rattapphumi to complete his journey.’
    • ‘There was little current here, and the canoe cut easily through the water as Telli paddled on upstream.’
    • ‘My dad got me started paddling along with the help of one of my really good friend Jesse Lakes who for my first six years boating has helped me get into my drytop and put my spray skirt on the boat for me.’
    • ‘Whenever she had the opportunity, she would go down to the water, unstrap her canoe, and paddle out to a likely spot to do some fishing.’
    • ‘Huck runs back to the canoe and paddles back to Jim in the cavern.’
    • ‘It was good to stroke and paddle through the endless sea green of Emerald Bay.’
    • ‘After a terrific downpour, the storm is over as quickly as it began, and we return to paddling along the lake, although now a chilly wind has sprung up, which if nothing else succeeds in getting me to paddle a bit more earnestly.’
    • ‘Pablo Nuñez Perez, a Kuna who married an English girl and lived in England for seven years, paddled out in a dugout canoe (called an ulu) to welcome us.’
    • ‘So, fifteen minutes later, Tor, Spencer, John, and Wolf were paddling out onto the lake in a canoe.’
    • ‘The coast is enshrouded with fog - out of the fog there is this lobster boat, and we paddled up to it.’
    • ‘Very likely the Abenakis paddled along the Merrimac River for a stretch of the expedition.’
    • ‘If you want to get fit and be healthy on vacation, you can swim, paddle, surf, or run to your heart's content.’
    • ‘Take a small boat or canoe and paddle around for a few hours.’
    • ‘In May they will paddle away from the coast of Japan at the start of a 5,000-mile row across the Pacific to America.’
    row gently, pull, scull
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    1. 1.1[with object] Propel (a small boat or canoe) with a paddle or paddles.
      ‘he was teaching trainees to paddle canoes’
      • ‘They reach the last leg where they paddle their canoes to the finish line.’
      • ‘I paddled a canoe about a kilometer away and dived into the water.’
      • ‘Teamwork is essential in order to succeed in a competition that combines the skill of paddling a canoe with the precision required in rowing.’
      • ‘There are songs about fishing, planting, and how to use a hoe, paddle a canoe, or pound manioc with a giant mortar and pestle.’
      • ‘The last time I did it, I was paddling a canoe, overtaking some innocent lake users, dressed as a pirate with half a flask of rum in my belly.’
      • ‘Her father still lives there, and it's where she has spent many a summer learning to paddle outrigger canoes and surf waves.’
      • ‘Either someone can paddle a canoe, or they can't.’
      • ‘In the Kamoro area, canoes are mostly paddled while standing.’
      • ‘He and two of his friends paddled homemade canoes from St. Paul, Minn., to Davenport, Iowa, mapping the river en route.’
      • ‘It's like paddling a canoe across that lake; it takes time to get there.’
      • ‘Whether your idea of fun is kayaking down a sheer-drop waterfall or paddling your canoe up a gentle creek a new book is likely to become your bible.’
      • ‘There will be lots of excitement as 16 member teams paddle colorful wooden boats.’
      • ‘On many of its waterways a visitor can paddle a canoe for days without hearing the din of an outboard engine, or even the whisper of another human voice.’
      • ‘Finally, they think they've made it to Cairo; they plan on waiting until dark to paddle the canoe upstream.’
      • ‘Essentially, this event comprises of learning how to either handle your own kayak or to paddle a canoe with a friend.’
      • ‘The camera pans back further to reveal that he cannot paddle his canoe because he is surrounded by old television sets in disrepair.’
      • ‘Tourists paddle canoes and kayaks, swim and pursue elusive trout in these waters.’
      • ‘Now here I am, heroically paddling a canoe through the same rapids.’
      • ‘There they could see the waters surrounding their land, and they could watch the village warriors paddling their canoes out to sea.’
      • ‘Kingston Crown Court in Surrey heard how the former soldier left his home in a remote part of the Isle of Skye, paddled his canoe to the mainland and caught a bus to London.’
    2. 1.2[with object] Travel along (a stretch of water) by paddling.
      ‘I had paddled the river through other hot July spells’
      • ‘Some paragliding pilots liken their sport to paddling a Class V river while blindfolded.’
      • ‘Verne Huser steers his canoe past a cottonwood snag with the ease of a man who has paddled Western rivers for five decades.’
      • ‘I can be found somewhere between Atlanta and DC riding a trail or paddling a river.’
      • ‘When this system was specified in the late 1980s, the ADF was paddling uncharted waters as there was no comparable system in service in any navy.’
      • ‘Their company was a warming experience and well worth a picture, as we paddled the last stretch of our journey.’
      • ‘The long haul to Fort William, with difficult winds and current between the Scottish islands, took nearly 42 hours, but they arrived third despite paddling the last few kilometres to the finish.’
      • ‘He led me to want to paddle many of the northern rivers that I've ended up paddling.’
      • ‘Jim and Dr. Caulfield waved goodbye to Peter Bray and both men said they were honoured to have been the first people to see Peter Bray paddle his last fifty yards in water and walk his first hundred yards on land.’
      • ‘Murphy is definitely paddling uncharted waters in Rapid City.’
      • ‘Chris's café has sponsored its own canoe and some of her staff are planning to take it in turns to paddle the 100 km from Lismore to Ballina.’
      • ‘‘I like paddling the tight, technical rivers you find at altitude,’ he says.’
      • ‘In hand-hewn boats, these brave seafarers paddled their way from distant shores, traversing thousands of kilometres of open sea.’
      • ‘We are both members of Edinburgh Kayak Club and have paddled many of the more challenging whitewater rivers in Scotland, such as the Orchy, the Etive, the Bran, and even the legendary Falls of Lora.’
      • ‘Somewhere near Healdsburg, 70 miles north of San Francisco, I'm paddling south on the Russian River.’
      • ‘It was a nice treat to be paddling such a smooth section of the river, granted we would pass through some class II rapids, but for the most part just beautiful scenery.’
      • ‘David Kendall is an accomplished white-water navigator who recently paddled the upper Ottawa River in Canada.’
      • ‘Only a handful of people have ever paddled this river.’
      • ‘You might think paddling the outer coastline of BC to get some time alone to game might be extreme, but hey, it's one component in a pretty sweet package out there at the edge of the world.’
      • ‘My nine-year-old, Sam, is somewhere in that poncho, paddling a zig-zagging course between the vine-cloaked banks of the quiet waterway.’
      • ‘While he paddled with me, I essentially paddled the entire distance myself.’
    3. 1.3 (of a bird or other animal) swim with short fast strokes.
      ‘the swan paddled away’
      • ‘Indeed, two adults with four little fuzzy yellow goslings were paddling around near the observation deck.’
      • ‘The video was looped, so that every few minutes the shadows passed by again and the ducks paddled across the canvas.’
      • ‘The pond was filled with wildlife, as there were red and yellow goldfish swimming about, ducks paddling about on the surface, meddling with the herons.’
      • ‘Sure enough, the turtles paddled in different directions when exposed to different magnetic fields.’
      • ‘Guided by instinct, he paddled with his forepaws.’
      • ‘The woman, boating three miles off of the Gulf of Mexico, found this little kitten paddling furiously and meowing loudly.’
      • ‘We crossed a bridge over the Entrance Lake, where wild ducks paddled fearlessly and a very life-like statue of Sir Peter Scott stood gazing down at two bronze swans in the water.’
      • ‘Cypress trunk flutings and druidlike knees rise everywhere, and mud turtles paddle clumsily through the talmin-mirrored waters.’
      • ‘You're very likely to spot some turtles paddling about.’
      • ‘There is usually a duck pond there and our ducks are paddling around having a lovely time.’
      • ‘There is much more wildlife everywhere, many kinds of ducks and waterfowl, paddling by the window of this houseboat at eye level.’
      • ‘As he stood up, he saw the creature paddling along by the pier.’
      • ‘‘They swam in the same rivers and streams that dinosaurs paddled in,’ he said.’
      • ‘There were no swans to paddle around on top of a mirror.’
      • ‘Nine inches long and screaming at the top of its lungs, the cat was paddling furiously.’
      • ‘Releasing the birds, inspector Martyn Fletcher was filled with pride as he watched the graceful creatures paddle into the distance but it was a different story four days earlier.’
      • ‘It's not surprising that every morning when the tide is high, the local swans paddle by in search of some home-baked bread.’
      • ‘Cassidy crouched down by the water and grinned at the comical looking ducks as they paddled and preened themselves in the clear crystal water.’
      • ‘At that moment a duck paddled near, and overhearing this, she laughed.’
      • ‘She tried to paddle with her hooves, but only managed to spin around in a tight circle.’
  • 2North American informal [with object] Beat (someone) with a paddle as a punishment.

    ‘he was firm in his conviction that his children would never be paddled’
    • ‘Finally, on the sixth hole, I went over to Nick and jokingly said, ‘Somebody must have paddled you with one of those when you were a kid.’’
    • ‘They paddle each other; they paddle evil-doers they capture; really the only person they never get to spank is Wonder Woman herself.’
    • ‘You were paddled in school, and you were occasionally, as you put it, ‘whipped by [your] daddy.’’

Phrases

  • paddle one's own canoe

    • informal Be independent and self-sufficient.

      • ‘Well in 1986 we lost our resident parish priest and so we had to start from there to paddle our own canoe so to speak.’
      • ‘If there is any such thing as justice the county councillors will row in behind us on this one, but if not then we are going to have to go and paddle our own canoe all the way to the Boundary Commission.’
      • ‘In any case, neither three months nor 10 months is a terribly long period of time, and this girl does not exactly inspire trust, so Prudie suggests you leave her to paddle her own canoe, as it were.’
      • ‘With a film in the Toronto International Film Festival, television projects in the works and the play Matt & Ben opening next month, this is a Canadian company that paddles its own canoe.’
      • ‘Following my Dad's advice to ‘Love many, trust a few and always paddle your own canoe,’ I'm Warwick Hadfield.’
      • ‘It seems, it doesn't hurt to take time out to paddle your own canoe.’
      • ‘We received very little guidance from the head office of the DM, which had no form of constitution for branches, and we have very largely paddled our own canoe.’
      • ‘‘K.B. has to paddle his own canoe,’ Rooney says.’
      • ‘As a single parent in the 80s, working full time and paying for childcare, paddling my own canoe, could I possibly ask Gina Waite to sent me a form so I could apply for ‘back pamper pay’?’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a small spadelike implement): of unknown origin. Current senses date from the 17th century.

Pronunciation:

paddle

/ˈpadl/

Main definitions of paddle in English

: paddle1paddle2

paddle2

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Walk with bare feet in shallow water.

    ‘the children paddled at the water's edge’
    • ‘The public has been advised not to swim or paddle in areas where algal scums are present and fishermen have been urged to avoid contact with water in areas where the algal scum is present.’
    • ‘The fountain exerts a hypnotic influence on children who are irresistibly drawn to remove their shoes and socks and go paddling in the water.’
    • ‘Here, you can laze on a beach lounger attended to by courteous, but discreet, staff, or paddle or swim in the tepid turquoise water.’
    • ‘Is it really the role of design to prevent kids paddling in shallow water, protecting them without engendering a sense of responsibility for their actions in either the children or their parents?’
    • ‘A great deal of splashing, paddling and sheer determination was evident as children swam their way to a staggering 83,380 baht in raised sponsorship money!’
    • ‘It's worth the hike - the scenery is fantastic and your final destination has a pretty beach to escape from your shoes and paddle.’
    • ‘The £3.6m fountain in Hyde Park, London, was closed on July 22 after people slipped and were injured while paddling in the water.’
    • ‘Thigh-high boots can be rented for serious gorge wading, or you can just paddle in the cool, refreshing waters.’
    • ‘As a result of tests taken by the complainants The South Eastern health Board recommended that signs be erected warning people not to bathe, paddle or wash utensils in the river at the Cove.’
    • ‘As Max paddled in a shallow swimming pool, he slipped and fell under water for a matter of moments, before his father lifted him out.’
    • ‘Next, she led me to the entrance proper, where we paddled through a shallow pool to cleanse our feet.’
    • ‘They were also urging people to avoid contact with contaminated water and stop children paddling in it because it could cause illnesses such as gastroenteritis and Hepatitis A.’
    • ‘People have come down to the water's edge to walk and paddle - seeking relief after the day's heat.’
    • ‘Ball games were arranged and the pupils were allowed to go paddling but not swimming.’
    • ‘Her biggest fear, it has recently been revealed, is paddling in shallow water.’
    • ‘The youngster, who could not swim, was paddling in shallow water while three friends were swimming.’
    • ‘We took off our shoes, paddled in the water, made sand castles, collected sticks and shells, and examined the dead jellyfish washed up on the shore.’
    • ‘The four of us stayed for a couple of nights in the Rest House at Takoradi, which gave us a few hours to walk the beaches and paddle in the ocean, and to luxuriate in the fresh sea breezes after the heavy atmosphere of the interior.’
    • ‘I sat under a lemon tree with two of my oldest and dearest friends while the kids paddled in the wading pool and drove plastic cars around the yard.’
    • ‘Most people only paddle in the water there, which is perfectly safe.’
    splash about, wade
    dabble, slop, squelch
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    1. 1.1 Dabble the feet or hands in water.
      ‘Peter paddled idly in the water with his fingers’
      • ‘I watched as he watched his feet making small paddling movements along the water.’
      • ‘But enemies you don't know are far more of a threat than those you do, and when paddling in alien waters, you have to be careful or else you might find your toes nipped by a school of feisty piranha.’
      • ‘Aligore simply dipped one of his large paws into the water and began paddling.’
      • ‘‘Aye,’ agreed Lyenda, paddling her hand on the clean water, watching the rippling waves that she had made.’
      • ‘Two young girls - 11 or 12-walked to the water's edge and enjoyed paddling their feet.’

noun

  • [in singular] An act of walking with bare feet in shallow water.

    • ‘We parked surprisingly easily, and walked down steep steps to the beach, a mixture of sand and rock, for a paddle and a dig in the sand.’
    • ‘It's one of the loveliest walks in the Lakes with shingle beaches where you can have a paddle and watch the yachts sail gracefully by or feed the birds on the lake.’
    • ‘I'm going to take my cozzie up to the Hebrides when I go on holiday later this week, but the weather's supposed to be turning, so I'm not confident that I'll be able to go for more than an extended paddle.’
    • ‘The rectangular lake looked a bit murky, and the spray from the fountain was quite fierce, but cooling off with a paddle in the cascade seemed just the ticket.’
    • ‘Just as well it was cold, for otherwise she'd have stepped in for a paddle.’
    • ‘Whether it be a well-wrapped walk on Christmas morning, or a barefoot paddle at the height of summer, the Back Strand at Streedagh is the place I visit most when at home.’
    • ‘While the more adventurous, or foolhardy, jumped over the waterfalls, I went for a quick paddle to soothe my aching feet.’
    • ‘But the tide is set to come in a little later this year, so Mr Cooper is expecting a few more startled passers-by when they have a paddle at about 11 am.’
    • ‘After lunch we went for a play on the sands and a paddle in the sea.’
    • ‘And in the summer the otherwise icy Baltic Sea warms up nicely to allow even the most timid to have a paddle.’
    • ‘The stretch of path from town in the Keighley Road direction after rain is bad unless you are wearing Wellingtons or don't mind a paddle.’
    • ‘People passing by the war memorial gates in Malmesbury needs to wear Wellington boots or be prepared to go for a paddle.’
    • ‘Cool down your toddler this summer by taking them for a paddle.’
    • ‘Otherwise it's an undemanding walk or paddle between bays in one of the most beautiful and protected parts of New Zealand.’
    • ‘The river is relatively wide here and it is a pleasant spot for lunch and a paddle.’
    • ‘The beach at low tide stretches so far that to go for a paddle you must patter for a quarter of an hour across the stripy rippled sand, hardened by the retreating tide.’
    • ‘Here, the path runs beside the river, which often tempts children in for a paddle.’
    • ‘If you're by the sea, feel the sand between your toes and go for a paddle or swim.’
    • ‘Joe had a paddle and Maggie dipped her feet into the children's paddling pool.’
    • ‘Only an attack by a voracious swarm of midges then spoilt a leisurely paddle under a warm, summer sun on a perfect, windless day.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: of obscure origin; compare with Low German paddeln tramp around; the association with water remains unexplained.

Pronunciation:

paddle

/ˈpadl/