—n. 1. a short, flat bladed oar for propelling and steering a canoe or small boat, usually held by both hands and moved more or less through a vertical arc.
2. any of various similar implements used for mixing, stirring, or beating.
3. any of various similar but smaller implements with a short handle for holding in one hand and a wide or rounded blade, used for a racket in table tennis, paddle tennis, etc.
4. such an implement or a similarly shaped makeshift one, used to spank or beat someone.
5. an implement used for beating garments while washing them in running water, as in a stream.
6. Also called float, floatboard. a blade of a paddle wheel.
7. See paddle wheel. 8. any of the blades by which a water wheel is turned.
9. a flipper or limb of a penguin, turtle, whale, etc.
10. an act of paddling.
11. Also,pattle.Brit. Dial. a small spade with a long handle, used to dig up thistles.
12. (in a gate of a lock or sluice) a panel that slides to permit the passage of water.
—v.i. 1. to propel or travel in a canoe or the like by using a paddle.
2. to row lightly or gently with oars.
3. to move by means of paddle wheels, as a steamer.
—v.t. 1. to propel with a paddle: to paddle a canoe. 2. to spank or beat with or as with a paddle.
3. to stir, mix, or beat with or as with a paddle
4. to convey by paddling, as a canoe.
5. to hit (a table-tennis ball or the like) with a paddle.
6. paddle one's own canoe. See canoe (def. 3).
Pronunciation: (pad'l),[key] —v.i.,-dled, -dling. 1. to move the feet or hands playfully in shallow water; dabble.
2. to toy with the fingers.
3. to toddle.