Definition of doggy-paddle in English:


(North American dog-paddle)


  • An elementary swimming stroke in which the swimmer beats at the water with the hands in a manner resembling a swimming dog.

    ‘He wasn't such a great swimmer, about his only move was the doggy-paddle.’
    ‘Only being equipped with basic knowledge of the doggy-paddle, Del didn't dare test her swimming strength in water that exceeded her height.’


[no object]
  • Swim using doggy-paddle.

    • ‘She had seen her friend doggy-paddling and thought she heard her call for help.’
    • ‘I doubt I'll be doing any synchronised swimming moves by then, but I should be able to doggy-paddle my way round the pool.’
    • ‘I jumped in without a thought after her, even though I hardly knew how to doggy-paddle.’