1(also paddy field)A field where rice is grown.
2Rice before threshing or in the husk.
Early 17th century from Malay pādī.
nounpaddiesinformal British in singular
A fit of temper.
fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysmView synonyms
- ‘John drove off in a paddy’
Late 19th century from Paddy, associated with obsolete paddywhack ‘Irishman (given to brawling’).
An Irishman (often as a form of address).
Late 18th century pet form of the Irish given name Padraig.