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English noun: paddle

1. paddle (artifact) small wooden bat with a flat surface; used for hitting balls in various games


Broader (hypernym)bat


Narrower (hyponym)pingpong paddle, table-tennis bat, table-tennis racquet

2. paddle (artifact) a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel


Broader (hypernym)blade, vane


Part meronymmill wheel, millwheel, paddle wheel, paddlewheel

3. paddle (artifact) an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board


Broader (hypernym)instrument of punishment

4. paddle (artifact) a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat


Synonymsboat paddle


Broader (hypernym)oar


English verb: paddle

1. paddle (motion) propel with a paddle


SamplesPaddle your own canoe.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)boat


Narrower (hyponym)feather, square


Domain categoryathletics, sport

2. paddle (social) play in or as if in water, as of small children


Synonymsdabble, splash around


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)play

3. paddle (motion) swim like a dog in shallow water


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)swim


Domain categoryaquatics, water sport

4. paddle (motion) walk unsteadily


SamplesSmall children toddle.


ExamplesThe children paddle to the playground


Synonymscoggle, dodder, toddle, totter, waddle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)walk

5. paddle (contact) give a spanking to; subject to a spanking


ExamplesThey want to paddle the prisoners


Synonymslarrup, spank


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beat, beat up, work over

6. paddle (contact) stir with a paddle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)stir









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