Synonyms for paddle

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It was laid by the Monarch, a paddle steamer which had been fitted for the work.

Neither of them spoke, and the only sound was the swishing of the paddle.

Then, setting the canoe into the water, he began to paddle back.

"One of us might paddle the canoe to the foot of the cliff," went on Frank.

Then, without a word, they resumed their steady, easy swing of the paddle.

As it was one wrong turn of the paddle by the younger half-breed did the mischief.

With the sea over one bow you must paddle on the leeward side.

I used the paddle as a rudder, and to push floating timber away.

I tied my handkerchief to the paddle and waved it, and they picked me up.

Narcisse smiled the smile of the proficient as he waved his paddle across the canoe.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, padell "small spade," from Medieval Latin padela, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin patella "small pan, little dish, plate," diminutive of patina (see pan (n.)).

Meaning "short oar with a wide blade" is from 1620s. As an instrument used for beating clothes (and slaves, and schoolboys), it is recorded from 1828, American English. Paddle-ball attested from 1935.

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cudgel

nounbaton for hitting
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