puddle

A puddle is a small pool, such as one that forms on a sidewalk after a rain shower. A little boy with new rain boots might decide to jump in every puddle he sees on his way to school.

It's charming to see a puddle on a brick walkway or to watch a duck wash itself in a puddle. It's less charming to find a puddle in your basement after three days of rain. You can use puddle as a verb, too, to say, "I'm watching your cereal milk puddle in the middle of the table and wondering when you're planning to clean it up." Puddle comes from the Old English pudd, "ditch or furrow."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: puddle

1
nv
a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid
make into a puddle
2
vn
work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
a mixture of wet clay and sand that can be used to line a pond and that is impervious to water when dry
3
v
dip into mud before planting
4
v
mix up or confuse
5
v
eliminate urine
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: puddle
1

n a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid

“there were puddles of muddy water in the road after the rain”
Synonyms:
pool
Types:
billabong
a stagnant pool of water in the bed of a stream that flows intermittently
mud puddle
a puddle of mud
wallow
a puddle where animals go to wallow
Type of:
body of water, water
the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)

n something resembling a pool of liquid

“his chair sat in a puddle of books and magazines”
Synonyms:
pool
Type of:
place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region

v make into a puddle

puddled mire”
Synonyms:
muddle
Type of:
rile, roil
make turbid by stirring up the sediments of

v make a puddle by splashing water

Type of:
plash, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
dash a liquid upon or against

v wade or dabble in a puddle

“The ducks and geese puddled in the backyard”
Type of:
wade
walk (through relatively shallow water)

v mess around, as in a liquid or paste

“The children are having fun puddling in paint”
Type of:
mess around, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around, potter, putter, tinker
do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
2

v work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud

Type of:
bundle, compact, pack, wad
compress into a wad

v subject to puddling or form by puddling

puddle iron”
Type of:
forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
make something, usually for a specific function

n a mixture of wet clay and sand that can be used to line a pond and that is impervious to water when dry

Type of:
covering material
a material used by builders to cover surfaces
3

v dip into mud before planting

puddle young plants”
Type of:
plant, set
put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
4

v mix up or confuse

Synonyms:
addle, muddle
Type of:
confuse, jumble, mix up
assemble without order or sense
5

v eliminate urine

Synonyms
urinate
pass after the manner of urine
ca-ca, crap, defecate, make, stool, take a crap
have a bowel movement
Types:
wet
make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating
stale
urinate, of cattle and horses
Type of:
egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
eliminate from the body
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