- a small, usually enclosed field near a stable or barn for pasturing or exercising animals.
- the enclosure in which horses are saddled and mounted before a race.
- Australian. any enclosed field or pasture.
verb (used with object)
- to confine or enclose in or as in a paddock.
- Archaic. a frog or toad.
- a small enclosed field, often for grazing or training horses, usually near a house or stable
- (in horse racing) the enclosure in which horses are paraded and mounted before a race, together with the accompanying rooms
- (in motor racing) an area near the pits where cars are worked on before races
- Australian and NZ any area of fenced land
- Australian and NZ a playing field
- the long paddock Australian informal a stockroute or roadside area offering feed to sheep and cattle in dry times
- (tr) to confine (horses, etc) in a paddock
- archaic, or dialect a frog or toadAlso called (Scot): puddock
n.1“a frog, a toad,” c.1300, diminutive of pad “toad,” from Old Norse padda; common Germanic (cf. Swedish padda, Danish padde, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch padde “frog, toad,” also Dutch schildpad “tortoise”), of unknown origin and with no certain cognates outside Germanic. n.2“an enclosure,” 1620s, alteration of Middle English parrock, from Old English pearroc “enclosed space, fence” (see park (n.)). Or possibly from Medieval Latin parricus (8c.), which ultimately is from Germanic.