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Definition of paddle:

  1. A paddle- shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
  2. A paddle- shaped implement for string or mixing.
  3. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; - also called clough.
  4. An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
  5. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
  6. See staff ( b), below.
  7. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle.
  8. To dabble in water with hands or feet; to use a paddle, or something which serves as a paddle, in swimming, in paddling a boat, etc.
  9. To pad; to tread upon; to trample.
  10. To pat or stroke amorously, or gently.
  11. To propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles.
  12. To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes.

Synonyms:

coggle, splash around, totter, smatter, larrup, sweep, paddle wheel, teeter, seesaw, toddle, scull, wobble, dabble, play around, boat paddle, pole, waddle, propeller, spank, dodder.

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