paddle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"paddle" in British English

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paddlenoun

uk   us   /ˈpæd.l̩/

paddle noun (POLE)

[C] a ​shortpole with a ​wide, ​flatpart at one end or both ​ends, used for ​moving a ​smallboat 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 a ​beach, etc.: Shall we go for a paddle?

paddleverb

uk   us   /ˈpæd.l̩/

paddle verb (WITH POLE)

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

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 a ​beach, etc.: We ​rolled up ​ourtrousers and paddled along the seashore.

paddle verb (SWIM)

[I] to ​swim by ​movingyourfeet and ​hands up and down
(Definition of paddle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"paddle" in American English

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paddlenoun [C]

 us   /ˈpæd·əl/
a ​shortpole with a ​wide, ​flatpart at one or both ​ends, used for ​moving a ​smallboat through the ​water A paddle is also a ​flatbladeheld with a ​shorthandle that is used in some ​games such as table tennis for ​hitting a ​smallball.
paddle
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈpæd·əl/
[T] She paddled her ​canoeacross the ​lake.
(Definition of paddle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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