Definition of Paddy

1. Noun. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Irish descent.

Exact synonyms: Mick, Mickey
Language type: Depreciation, Derogation, Disparagement, Ethnic Slur
Generic synonyms: Irishman

2. Noun. An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown.
Exact synonyms: Paddy Field, Rice Paddy
Generic synonyms: Field

3. Noun. Rice in the husk either gathered or still in the field.
Generic synonyms: Rice

Definition of Paddy

1. a. Low; mean; boorish; vagabond.

2. n. A jocose or contemptuous name for an Irishman.

3. n. Unhusked rice; -- commonly so called in the East Indies.

Definition of Paddy

1. Proper noun. An Irish nickname for Patrick, originally from Pádrig (or Pádraig) the Irish language form of Patrick. ¹

2. Noun. (slang) An Irish person (sometimes offensive). ¹

3. Noun. Rice, before it is milled ¹

4. Noun. An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown ¹

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Definition of Paddy

1. a rice field [n -DIES]

Medical Definition of Paddy

1. Unhusked rice; commonly so called in the East Indies. Paddy bird. See Java sparrow, under Java. Origin: Either fr. Canarese bhatta or Malay padi. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paddy

paddling pool
paddling pools
paddy (current term)
paddy bird
paddy field
paddy paw
paddy wagon
paddy wagons

Literary usage of Paddy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"He once went over on business to what he always called paddy-LAND, 18 [?). ... and the answer has been, ' We have a paddy.' 2. See paddy, suis, i and 2. ..."

2. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c. by Samuel Carter Hall (1843)
"paddy rose with difficulty, and taking his prostrate wife by the hand, said, ... paddy was not long in bed, when he thought he heard the sweetest music that ..."

3. The Universal Songster: Or, Museum of Mirth: Forming the Most Complete (1834)
"TWAS at the town of nate Clogheen That Serjeant Snap met paddy Carey ... Nate little, tight little, paddy Carey ! His heart was made of Irish oak, ..."

4. Contemporary French Novelists: And Other Tales from India by William Henry Denham Rouse, William Crooke, William Heath Robinson, René Doumic, Mary D. Frost (1922)
"It so happened that on this tree was the nest of a paddy-bird. A paddy-bird is a bird something like a heron, which feeds on fish and frogs. ..."

5. The Effects on Income Distribution and Nutrition of Alternative Rice Price by Prasarn Trairatvorakul (1984)
"There are two views: one that Thai paddy farmers respond positively to price changes of rice and another that institutional constraints render any price ..."

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