Topic: WATER

Sense: 1,4-5
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: PADDLE1
Sense: 2-3
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from PAD21


2 verb
paddle2 past tense and past participle paddled, present participle paddling
1 [intransitive and transitive]TTW to move a small light boat through water, using one or more paddles
paddle along/upstream/towards etc
I desperately tried to paddle for the shore.
She and her husband paddled a canoe down the Mississippi.
2 [intransitive] British EnglishDLO to walk for pleasure without shoes or socks in water that is not very deep [= wade American English]
3 [intransitive] to swim with short, quick movements:
The dog was paddling furiously after the ducks.
4 [transitive] American English informal to hit a child with a piece of wood as a punishment

paddle your own canoe

British English informal to do things yourself, without help from anyone else

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