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."

Definitions of puddle
  1. noun
    a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid
    “there were puddles of muddy water in the road after the rain”
    synonyms: pool
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    a stagnant pool of water in the bed of a stream that flows intermittently
    mud puddle
    a puddle of mud
    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)
  2. noun
    something resembling a pool of liquid
    “his chair sat in a puddle of books and magazines”
    synonyms: pool
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    type of:
    place, spot, topographic point
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
  3. verb
    make into a puddle
    puddled mire”
    synonyms: muddle
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    type of:
    rile, roil
    make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
  4. verb
    make a puddle by splashing water
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    type of:
    plash, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
    dash a liquid upon or against
  5. verb
    wade or dabble in a puddle
    “The ducks and geese puddled in the backyard”
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    type of:
    walk (through relatively shallow water)
  6. verb
    mess around, as in a liquid or paste
    “The children are having fun puddling in paint”
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    type of:
    mess around, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around, potter, putter, tinker
    do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
  7. verb
    work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
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    type of:
    bundle, compact, pack, wad
    compress into a wad
  8. verb
    subject to puddling or form by puddling
    puddle iron”
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    type of:
    forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
    make something, usually for a specific function
  9. noun
    a mixture of wet clay and sand that can be used to line a pond and that is impervious to water when dry
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    type of:
    covering material
    a material used by builders to cover surfaces
  10. verb
    dip into mud before planting
    puddle young plants”
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    type of:
    plant, set
    put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
  11. verb
    mix up or confuse
    synonyms: addle, muddle
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    type of:
    confuse, jumble, mix up
    assemble without order or sense
  12. verb
    eliminate urine
    pass after the manner of urine
    ca-ca, crap, defecate, make, stool, take a crap
    have a bowel movement
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    make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating
    urinate, of cattle and horses
    type of:
    egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
    eliminate from the body
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