Definition of padlock in English:


Line breaks: pad|lock
Pronunciation: /ˈpadlɒk


  • A detachable lock hanging by a pivoted hook on the object fastened: a padlock on the garden gate
    More example sentences
    • It was locked with a padlock, and padlocks are especially easy to pick.
    • Pin-tumbler locking mechanisms make padlocks harder to pick.
    • The briefcase is now locked with two padlocks so no one can get the present.


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late 15th century: from pad- (of unknown origin) + the noun lock1.

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