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Topic: OTHER SPORTS

Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Perhaps from Medieval Latin padela, from Latin patella; PATELLA

paddle

1 noun
     
paddle
pad‧dle1
1TTW [countable] a short pole that is wide and flat at the end, used for moving a small boat in water [↪ oar]
2 [singular]DLO British English when you walk for pleasure without shoes or socks in water that is not very deep:
If it's not too cold, we can go for a paddle.
3 [countable] American EnglishDSO a small round flat bat with a short handle, used for hitting the ball in table tennis:
a ping-pong paddle
4DFU [countable] a tool like a flat spoon, used for mixing food
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