Definition of dog paddle in English:

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dog paddle

(British doggy-paddle)

noun

An elementary swimming stroke like that of a swimming dog.
Example sentences
  • Their fur will hold air for a while, enough for a short dog-paddle, but beyond that their musculature just weighs them down.

verb

(dog-paddle) [no object]
Swim using this stroke.
Example sentences
  • She had seen her friend doggy-paddling and thought she heard her call for help.
  • I doubt I'll be doing any synchronised swimming moves by then, but I should be able to doggy-paddle my way round the pool.
  • I jumped in without a thought after her, even though I hardly knew how to doggy-paddle.

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Syllabification: dog pad·dle

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