Definition of paddock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpadək/


1A small field or enclosure where horses are kept or exercised.
Example sentences
  • What is required to make the fence adequate depends upon the horses confined behind it, the proximity of the paddock or pasture to the highway, and the nature of the highway.
  • Residents in Little Lever have objected to plans to build an exercise paddock for horses at the rear of their homes.
  • The horses in the paddocks were whinnying and nickering, and our mares called out in response.
field, meadow, pasture;
enclosure for horses, yard, pen, pound, stockade;
Northern English  park;
Scottish  parrock;
North American  corral;
French parc fermé;
South African  kraal;
in South America potrero
1.1An enclosure adjoining a racecourse or track where horses or cars are gathered and displayed before a race: I went across the course to see the horses in the paddock
More example sentences
  • No hunting took place, but a crowd gathered around the racecourse paddock to hear a number of speeches.
  • What is now largely settled land on the more direct route was at that time paddocks and stables for race horses, and it seemed to me then that I passed through a kind of wild route to get home.
  • But there was a stroke of good fortune for Fallon in the paddock before the race as Gift Horse lashed out with his hind legs, narrowly missing the jockey.
1.2Australian /NZ A field or plot of land enclosed by fencing or defined by natural boundaries: the sheep have returned to their previously grazed paddocks
More example sentences
  • They wanted farmers to adopt improved grazing techniques by fencing paddocks or camps where animals could be left overnight.
  • Intensive rotational grazing systems usually have more than seven paddocks with grazing periods of less than one week to as little as a half day.
  • During the grazing period, cows were rotated among the four paddocks within each pasture treatment as forage availability within a paddock became limited.


[with object]
Keep (a horse) in a paddock: horses paddocked on a hillside
More example sentences
  • I keep trying to get him to sit down, but he insists on checking all the stalls and paddocks himself even though I've already done it twice.
  • Finally Angus would take the horse back to paddock and feed it.
  • In terms of implications for animal welfare, the results of this in-depth study suggest that young horses should be paddocked or provided with enriched stabling environments, ideally with access to pasture, to improve their behaviour and physiological well-being.


Early 17th century: apparently a variant of dialect parrock, of unknown ultimate origin.

Words that rhyme with paddock

Caradoc, haddock, shaddock

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