Definition of doggy-paddle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒɡiˌpad(ə)l/
(also chiefly North American dog-paddle)


An elementary swimming stroke in which the swimmer beats at the water with the hands in a manner resembling a swimming dog.
Example sentences
  • He wasn't such a great swimmer, about his only move was the doggy-paddle.
  • Only being equipped with basic knowledge of the doggy-paddle, Del didn't dare test her swimming strength in water that exceeded her height.


[no object]
Swim using doggy-paddle.
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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