Definition of paddock in English:



  • 1A small field or enclosure where horses are kept or exercised.

    • ‘Around the village there were open fields and paddocks.’
    • ‘They will also shoot behind-the-scenes looks of the saddling paddock, receiving barn, and other restricted areas, as well as public areas of the track.’
    • ‘Ria was exercising her horse in the paddock, because he was getting too frisky; at least that was her excuse.’
    • ‘What is required to make the fence adequate depends upon the horses confined behind it, the proximity of the paddock or pasture to the highway, and the nature of the highway.’
    • ‘The horses in the paddocks were whinnying and nickering, and our mares called out in response.’
    • ‘Your nursery paddock needs to be strong, roomy, and as safe as it can be.’
    • ‘Residents in Little Lever have objected to plans to build an exercise paddock for horses at the rear of their homes.’
    • ‘More than one stallion can be housed under the same roof, but they should all have separate paddocks or grazing patches.’
    • ‘The move was necessary due to a need for larger stables and paddocks, a training area for a mechanical horse, a full racetrack, and living quarters for out-of-town students.’
    • ‘We're also having a paddock and dressage ring made for Gill's horses,’ says Marven.’
    • ‘If your horses prefer the outdoors, you can choose to house them in one of the 7 paddocks located in front of KickBack Flats, which are also visible from the front porches of both cabins.’
    • ‘Where cows must be housed, allow access to an exercise yard or small paddock to facilitate mating.’
    • ‘The stable yard and paddocks would also be a boon to riding enthusiasts.’
    • ‘Some paddocks or parts of paddocks should get a sprinkling of grass seed if they are badly damaged.’
    • ‘Ragwort in grazing paddocks is life-threatening to horses and other livestock.’
    • ‘The layout of the enclosures, paddocks, and yards suggests an emphasis on stock-raising.’
    • ‘The grazing paddocks are ideal for equestrian activity - this area also includes three stables, a garage, stores, tackroom, feed shed and a small sand arena.’
    • ‘Though unlike the Dressage farm's paddocks, these were dirt as opposed to grass and each had a large hay wheel in the center.’
    • ‘The best scenario would be to have a small paddock or round pen to ride in, in addition to using the lead rope or lounge line.’
    • ‘Water flooded the entire hay field and backed up into the horse paddocks right up to the elevation of his machine shop.’
    field, meadow, pasture
    enclosure for horses, yard, pen, pound, stockade
    parc fermé
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    1. 1.1An enclosure adjoining a racetrack where horses are gathered and displayed before a race.
      • ‘The signs were bad in the paddock before the race where he was sweating behind his hind legs and he looked dull.’
      • ‘Everyone said he was one of the quietest horses in the paddock.’
      • ‘Workers spread across the racing surface and in the paddock in the early afternoon and refused to let racing begin.’
      • ‘‘I'd never seen so many people in the paddock there after a race,’ Swan later said.’
      • ‘Fans wishing to get a final look at dual classic winner Point Given will have the opportunity on Wednesday when he will be paraded in the paddock and on the track.’
      • ‘What is now largely settled land on the more direct route was at that time paddocks and stables for race horses, and it seemed to me then that I passed through a kind of wild route to get home.’
      • ‘He led the old horse down the track to the paddock.’
      • ‘As they were led back to the paddock after the race one wondered what was on the mind of Cahill after such a blistering performance on what was weather wise, a miserable day.’
      • ‘It's 6: 01 p.m. and the horses come from the darkness of the paddock tunnel into the track's sunlight.’
      • ‘Prior to the race, punters flocked to the paddock to watch the horses being paraded and cast a critical eye over their fancies.’
      • ‘Saki watched in humor as Noir raced around the paddock trying to get a grip on any of the horses.’
      • ‘The frames of his glasses held together by duct tape, the man waits at the entrance to the paddock for the first horse to arrive.’
      • ‘No hunting took place, but a crowd gathered around the racecourse paddock to hear a number of speeches.’
      • ‘A different kind of scheme was going on in the paddock at the racecourse.’
      • ‘Dogs were exercised for 15 minutes twice daily in a paddock and raced 500 m twice weekly.’
      • ‘Currently, a fee is considered earned when the horse leaves the paddock.’
      • ‘But there was a stroke of good fortune for Fallon in the paddock before the race as Gift Horse lashed out with his hind legs, narrowly missing the jockey.’
      • ‘Most often, Storm Flag Flying has shown a tendency to freeze and not move while in the paddock before a race.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the track used an elevated wood-chip walking path in the infield for horses to cut through on their way from the backstretch to the paddock.’
      • ‘The views from this property are a main selling point, as are the extensive paddocks and adjoining buildings, which could greatly extend the house or provide guest accommodation.’


  • Keep or enclose (a horse) in a paddock.

    ‘horses paddocked on a hillside’
    • ‘Finally Angus would take the horse back to paddock and feed it.’
    • ‘In terms of implications for animal welfare, the results of this in-depth study suggest that young horses should be paddocked or provided with enriched stabling environments, ideally with access to pasture, to improve their behaviour and physiological well-being.’
    • ‘I keep trying to get him to sit down, but he insists on checking all the stalls and paddocks himself even though I've already done it twice.’


Early 17th century: apparently a variant of dialect parrock, of unknown ultimate origin.