Definition of padlock in English:

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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.


[with object]
Secure with a padlock: his father had padlocked the gate
More example sentences
  • One gate is padlocked - but chained so carelessly a man could squeeze through the gap with ease.
  • Members of council noted that media reports of the incident had frightened seniors who are now padlocking their doors.
  • Andy was padlocked behind a steel door when I arrived.


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

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