noun (plural paddies)(also rice paddy)
1A field where rice is grown.
- But he did not receive water from the government irrigation scheme in time, the paddy field dried out and he could not get a good harvest.
- ‘It was like a huge group of grasshoppers surrounding a paddy field, ready to ravage the grains,’ the report said.
- The geographical location of the paddy field made the expanse of land that it encompasses brim with surprises - with never ending tales of its own.
1.1Rice before threshing or in the husk.
- The 38-year-old rice-grower plans to convert his 2,000 square metres of rice paddy into fruit orchards.
- They include an overflowing measure of paddy or rice, coconuts, fruits, a lamp, a mirror, and other objects.
- The government therefore has frozen rice procurement price at the 2002 level of Rs 6.10 for a kilogram of rice paddy.
early 17th century: from Malay pādī.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural paddies)[in singular] British informal
late 19th century: from Paddy, associated with obsolete paddywhack 'Irishman (given to brawling').