from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of moving a boat by means of a paddle.
  • n. A spanking or beating with a paddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collective noun for ducks when they are on water.
  • v. Present participle of paddle. (all senses)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who paddles, in any sense.
  • n. The act of throwing the feet outward with a circular movement when trotting: said of horses.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Do we really want to attend to the amiability of the discussion about whether or not we start start paddling, or do we start friggin 'paddling?

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  • Oddly, on one website that I saw reporting on the Kate Gosselin paddling episode, they had a poll for the readers to give their opinions.

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  • I thought the lone sneaker had something to do with a hitman … oh yeah, that video w/the idiot paddling is hilarious.

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  • The traditional spanking-or "paddling" - punishment for infractions was not so much in evidence anymore.

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  • Hey look, a photo of someone paddling a kayak in front of the QE2!

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  • The creaming method, typically used in some cakes, brownies, and cookies, refers to paddling sugar into butter, until the sugar is uniformly distributed and the butter has increased slightly in volume and become bright and pale.


  • Jamie Johnston, a 28-year-old student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, said he voted for Cardin after seeing a campaign television ad showing Cardin paddling a kayak. - My Maryland: Kerry claims state's 10 electoral votes

  • Whether you are engaged in weeding a vegetable garden, running a marathon, or paddling a kayak down the rapids, you are burning lots of calories, so that you can generate enough physical energy to do the job.

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  • To those who have rowed only clumsy country-boats, with their awkward row-locks and wretched oars, slimy, dirty, and leaking, trailing behind tags and streamers of pond-weed, or who have only experimented with that most uncivilized style of digging up the water called paddling, the real pleasure of rowing is unknown.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 48, October, 1861

  • The actual paddling is not difficult to learn, that is, the paddling required from an ordinary member of the crew.

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