1. a portable or detachable lock with a pivoted or sliding shackle that can be passed through a link, ring, staple, or the like.

verb (used with object)

  1. to fasten with or as with a padlock.


  1. a detachable lock having a hinged or sliding shackle, which can be used to secure a door, lid, etc, by passing the shackle through rings or staples


  1. (tr) to fasten with or as if with a padlock

n.“removable lock,” late 15c., from lokke (see lock (n.)), but the first element is of unknown origin. v.1640s, from padlock (n.). Related: Padlocked; padlocking.

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