Crossword clues for paddy
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Paddy \Pad"dy\, a. [Prov. E. paddy worm-eaten.]
Low; mean; boorish; vagabond. ``Such pady persons.''
--Digges (1585). ``The paddy persons.''
Paddy \Pad"dy\, n.; pl. Paddies. [Corrupted fr. St. Patrick, the tutelar saint of Ireland.] A jocose or contemptuous name for an Irishman; -- usually considered offensive. [Obsolescent]
Paddy \Pad"dy\, n. [Either fr. Canarese bhatta or Malay p[=a]d[=i].] (Bot.) Unhusked rice; -- commonly so called in the East Indies.
Paddy bird. (Zo["o]l.) See Java sparrow, under Java.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"Irishman," 1780, slang, from the pet form of the common Irish proper name Patrick (Irish Padraig). It was in use in black slang by 1946 for any "white person." Paddy wagon is 1930, perhaps so called because many police officers were Irish. Paddywhack (1881) originally meant "an Irishman."
"rice field," 1620s, "rice plant," from Malay padi "rice in the straw." Main modern meaning "ground where rice is growing" (1948) is a shortening of paddy field.
Etymology 1 n. 1 rice, before it is milled. 2 An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown. Etymology 2
a. (context obsolete English) Low; mean; boorish; vagabond. Etymology 3
n. A fit of temper; a tantrum
Paddy may refer to:
- Paddy field, a type of cultivated land
- Paddy (unmilled rice)
- Paddy mail, a train for construction workers
- Paddy Whiskey, a liquor
- Paddy, slang word for a tantrum or fit
Paddy is a 1970 Irish comedy film directed by Daniel Haller and starring Milo O'Shea, Des Cave and Dearbhla Molloy. The film follows the adventures of a Dublin butcher's assistant.
It was made for $250,000 and sold to Allied Artists for $750,000. Roger Corman helped finance it.
Paddy is a diminutive form of the male given names Patrick, Padraig, Padraic and variant forms.
Paddy (Pigeon number NPS.43.9451) was an Irish carrier pigeon awarded the Dickin Medal after being the fastest pigeon to arrive back in England with news of the success of the D-Day invasion, out of hundreds dispatched. He flew 230 miles across the English Channel in four hours and fifty minutes, the fastest recorded crossing, and was awarded the medal on 1 September 1944, just under three months after the crossing. Paddy was trained by Andrew Hughes of Carnlough and is the only animal in Ireland to be awarded this medal. The medal citation reads, His medal was sold at auction for almost £7,000 in September 1999.
Usage examples of "paddy".
The flow from tens of millions of toilets coursed through settling and aerating paddies the size of large farms.
As Evensong ended and the clergy filed out of the choir, worshippers following in ragged groups, some lingering in the stillness, Paddy watched the ladies of the Altar Guild going about their business, preparing the altar for Sunday services the next morning.
He and Hoh Vitt had taken a coracle along the shore, past the lush pundi rice paddies and out into open water, beyond the seaweed colonies.
Good stockmen were easy to come by, and Paddy had nine single men on his books in the old jackaroo barracks, so Stuart could be spared from the paddocks.
And then shall each Paddy, who once on the Liffey Perchance held the helm of some mackerel-hoy, Hold the helm of the state, and dispense in a jiffy More fishes than ever he caught when a boy.
Paddy only had to back the Leyland Clydesdale a few feet to pick up the skip.
Paddy, or Paddee, is Rice from which the husk has not been removed before crushing.
He had photographs showing palms of every kind, lush broad-leafed pisang trees, patches of rain forest traversed by thousandfold creepers, sacred temple groves and turtle ponds, water buffalo in rice paddies, tame elephants at work and wild elephants playing in the water and stretching their trumpeting trunks heavenward.
It was their top story the next day, morphed in alternation with a shot of the Purist ringleaders, heads covered by police coats, marching to the paddy wagons.
He glanced down to clear the ground in front of his feet even though the short grass in the paddies afforded no concealment for punji stakes.
Through the front windows, he saw Scouse and Paddy humping the hatch boards into place.
Then everybody goes to lunch -- swells and selectors, Germans and Paddies, natives and immigrants, a good many of them, too, and there was eating and drinking and speechifying till all was blue.
And these unfed swine might be as abandoned as the empty houses, the trail that had turned itself into a street, the rice paddies, the ditch that irrigated them, the whole little valley and the hills that closed it in.
He turned to find Paddy Dillon, a Cavan man known for wearing his tweed jacket every working day of the year.
Even under the grey sky the largest paddy was an intense shade of green, and in the middle of it, Deccan Blendish could see the leader of the team of agricultural consultants whose arrival in the village had preceded his.