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paddle

noun uk   /ˈpæd.l̩/ us  

paddle noun (POLE)

[C] a short pole with a wide, flat part at one end or both ends, used for moving a small boat or canoe through the water [C] a blade on a paddle wheel

paddle noun (WALK)

[C usually singular] UK (US wade) a walk through water that is not very deep, especially at the edge of the sea: Shall we go for a paddle?

paddle

verb uk   /ˈpæd.l̩/ us  

paddle verb (WALK)

[I] UK (US wade) to walk with no shoes or socks on through water that is not very deep, often at the edge of the sea: We rolled up our trousers and paddled along the seashore.

paddle verb (WITH POLE)

[I or T] to push a pole with a wide end through the water in order to make a boat move [T] US to hit a child on the bottom with a short, wide piece of wood as a punishment

paddle verb (SWIM)

[I] to swim by moving your feet and hands up and down
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