from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fenced area, usually near a stable, used chiefly for grazing horses.
  • n. Sports An enclosure at a racetrack where the horses are assembled, saddled, and paraded before each race.
  • n. Sports An area of an automobile racetrack where cars are prepared before a race.
  • n. Australian A piece of fenced-in land.
  • transitive v. To confine in a paddock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A frog or toad.
  • n. A small enclosure or field of grassland, especially for horses.
  • n. An area where horses are paraded and mounted before a race and unsaddled after a race.
  • n. Land, fenced or otherwise delimited, which is most often part of a sheep or cattle property.
  • n. An area at circuit where the racing vehicles are parked and worked on before and between races.
  • v. To provide with a paddock. To keep in, or place in, a paddock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A toad or frog.
  • n. A small inclosure or park for sporting.
  • n. A small inclosure for pasture; esp., one adjoining a stable.
  • n. An enclosure used for saddling and mounting horses prior to a race.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To confine or inclose in or as in a paddock.
  • To make into a paddock, as a run for sheep.
  • In mining, to place or store (ore) in a paddock; dig or form a paddock in.
  • n. A toad or frog.
  • n. The tadpole-fish.
  • n. A small field or inclosure; especially, a small inclosure under pasture immediately adjoining a stable; a small turfed inclosure in which animals, especially horses, are kept.
  • n. Applied depreciatively to a person: in the play of “Macbeth,” an evil spirit or a familar.
  • n. A piece of land of any size, inclosed or not, used for cultivation.
  • n. In mining: A store-yard near a mine-shaft for ore or wash-dirt.
  • n. An open excavation in a superficial deposit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pen where racehorses are saddled and paraded before a race


Alteration of Middle English parrok, from Old English pearroc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English paddok, equivalent to pad (“frog or toad”) +‎ -ock. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of Middle English parrok, parrock ("enclosure, fence, paddock"), from Old English pearroc, pearruc ("enclosure, fence"), from Proto-Germanic *parrukaz (“enclosure, fence”), from Proto-Germanic *parr- (“stake, bar, beam, fence-post”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)par- (“beam, log”) + Proto-Germanic *-ukaz, *-ikaz (See -ock). Cognate with Dutch perk ("flowerbed, garden, pen"), German Pferch ("sheepfold, sheep-pen"), Danish park ("pond"). Related to park, spar. (Wiktionary)



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