Meaning of “paddle” in the English Dictionary

"paddle" in English

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uk /ˈpæd.əl/ us /ˈpæd.əl/


uk /ˈpæd.əl/ us /ˈpæd.əl/

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 (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 our trousers and paddled along the seashore.

(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 short pole with a wide, flat part at one or both ends, used for moving a small boat through the water

A paddle is also a flat blade held with a short handle that is used in some games such as table tennis for hitting a small ball.

verb [ I/T ] us /ˈpæd·əl/

[ T ] She paddled her canoe across the lake.

(Definition of “paddle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)