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What does paddling mean?
June 18, 2016 7:22PM
The word 'paddling' is the present participle, present tense of the verb to paddle.
The present participle of the verb also functions as an adjective and a gerund (verbal noun).
The verb to 'paddle' is to move through the water by use of an oar; to swim with short, fast strokes; to spank with a flat tool or implement; a word for an action.
The word 'paddle' is also a noun, a word for an oar; an instrument used to stir something; an instrument used to spank; a word for a thing.
He was paddling the canoe in circles. (verb)
His paddling skills needed improvement. (adjective)
My father would give me a paddling if I used words like that. (noun)
Junior can't swim yet but he likes to paddle around the pool. (verb)
You need a wooden paddle to stir a pot that large. (noun)