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Pronunciation: /ˈpadi
 
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noun (plural paddies)

1 (also paddy field) A field where rice is grown.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [mass noun] Rice before threshing or in the husk.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

early 17th century: from Malay pādī.

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Pronunciation: /ˈpadi
 
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noun (plural paddies)

[in singular] British informal
A fit of temper: John drove off in a paddy
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  • I wouldn't exactly say he's straight with me either, but at least he doesn't run off in a paddy.
  • Crooks explained: ‘He had a bit of a paddy but he's realised that if he is going to stay at the club he has to go along with what I tell him.’
  • With that she threw a paddy and put the phone down on him.

Origin

late 19th century: from Paddy, associated with obsolete paddywhack 'Irishman (given to brawling').

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Paddy3

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Pronunciation: /ˈpadi
 
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noun

informal , chiefly derogatory
An Irishman (often as a form of address).

Origin

late 18th century: pet form of the Irish given name Padraig.

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