|Origin:||padden 'to go along a path'|
pad2 past tense and past participle padded, present participle padding
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to walk softly and quietly
pad across/through/along etc
The cat came padding silently back to its home.
She padded barefoot down the stairs.
2D [transitive] also pad (something) out British English
to fill or cover something with a soft material in order to protect it or make it more comfortable
pad something with something
jackets padded out with a soft cotton filling
3 [transitive] American EnglishB
to dishonestly make bills more expensive than they should be:
padding the bills of Medicare patients
4 [transitive] also pad (something) out
to make a speech or piece of writing longer by adding unnecessary words or details:
Don't pad out your answer to make it seem impressive.
His autobiography is padded with boring anecdotes.