|Origin:||Probably from PAD21|
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➔ row3
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]
children paddling in the sea
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
5 British English informal
to do things yourself, without help from anyone else