- paddlepaddle1 [pad′'l]n.[ME padell, small spade < ?]1. a relatively short pole with a broad blade at one end or sometimes both ends, held in the hands and used to propel and steer a canoe, kayak, etc.: cf. OAR2. any of various implements shaped like this; specif.,a) a metal tool for stirring iron in a furnaceb) a small, flat, wooden instrument for working butter, stirring clay, etc.☆ c) a flat stick used for beating clothes in washing them by hand, as in a streamd) a flat, wooden stick for administering punishment by beating☆ e) a flat, rounded piece of wood with a short handle, used to hit a ball, as in table tennis3. any of the propelling boards in a water wheel or paddle wheelvi.paddled, paddlingto propel a canoe, etc. by means of a paddlevt.1. to propel (a canoe, etc.) by means of a paddle or paddles2. to punish by beating as with a paddle; spank3. to stir, work, etc. with a paddle——————☆ paddle one's own canoeto depend entirely on oneselfpaddlern.paddle2 [pad′'l]vi.paddled, paddling [prob. freq. < PAD3]1. to move the hands or feet about in the water, as in playing; dabble2. to walk like a small child; toddle3. Archaic to play idly with the fingers ( on, in, etc.)paddlern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.