IPA: pˈædʌɫ


  • A two-handed implement consisting of a shaft with one or two blades attached to the end(s) used to propel a canoe, kayak or a small boat. A paddle is unattached to the boat and freely operated with the hands, compared with an oar which is attached to the boat at a pivot point.
  • A single-bladed version is typically used on canoes and some other small boats.
  • A double-bladed version with blades at each end of the shaft is used for kayaking.
  • The use of a paddle to propel a boat; a session of paddling.
  • A slat of a paddleboat's wheel.
  • A paddlewheel.
  • A blade of a waterwheel.
  • (video games, dated) A game controller with a round wheel used to control player movement along one axis of the video screen.
  • (Britain) A meandering walk or dabble through shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  • A kitchen utensil shaped like a paddle and used for mixing, beating etc.
  • A broad, flat spanking implement.
  • (table tennis) A broad, flat device used in striking the ball, analogous to a racket in tennis.
  • A flat board with a number of holes or indentations, used to carry small alcoholic drinks such as shots.
  • A flat limb of an aquatic animal, adapted for swimming.
  • In a sluice, a panel that controls the flow of water.
  • A handheld electrode used for defibrillation or cardioversion.
  • (slang) A person's hand.
  • (medicine) A flap of attached skin that has been cut away from a wound.
  • (sports, uncountable) Alternative form of padel [A racquet sport popular in Spain and Latin America, usually played in doubles on a small, closed court.]


  • (transitive) To propel something through water with a paddle, oar, hands, etc.
  • (intransitive) To row a boat with less than one's full capacity.
  • (transitive) To spank with a paddle.
  • To pat or stroke amorously or gently.
  • To tread upon; to trample.
  • (intransitive, Britain) To walk or dabble playfully in shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  • (intransitive) To dog paddle in water.
  • (intransitive) To toddle.
  • (archaic, intransitive) To toy or caress using hands or fingers.

Examples of "paddle" in Sentences

  • There was a set of paddle and a raft.
  • He was known to paddle recalcitrant boys.
  • This rotates the pinion and lifts the paddle.
  • The stroke hit about the paddle of the Comet.
  • The exact origins of the paddle and roll is not certain.
  • The unflexed segments increase the length of the paddle.
  • They find the canoe missing, but the paddle afloat in the water.
  • The player controls a paddle, situated at the bottom of the screen.
  • The person at the rear is responsible for the steering with their paddle.
  • Attached to the paddle is a little box that provides power and instructions.
  • A mechanism moved the manure to the rear where it was distributed by paddles.
  • The paddle is implanted on the surface of the brain, on top of the motor control area.
  • This paddle is signed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr – Chairman of Waterkeeper Alliance which truly makes this a one of a kind.
  • A quick, practiced flick of the wrist and the paddle is withdrawn, leaving the rows of bread to be retrieved when done by a wider paddle, la pala ancha.
  • The paddle is a straight pole, with a board the shape and size of a cheese-box head tied to the end of it, and with both those paddles on the same side they row us ashore.
  • The Indian, though unrivalled by us whites in the use of the paddle, is an animal that does not take readily to the water, and those among them who can swim seldom use it as a recreation.
  • Here there is a yawning gulf of misunderstanding between the aficionados, who insist on a precise distinction, and the thousands on the fringes who sloppily apply the term paddle tennis to both sports.
  • It's well known that Disneyland's Mark Twain paddle-wheeler sank on its opening day, but it wasn't until Friday's first-hand report of the sinking of the Mark Twain that the facts were in the public record.

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