Meaning of PAD in English


I. pad 1 S3 /pæd/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: Perhaps from Low German , 'bottom surface of the foot' ]

1 . SOFT MATERIAL a thick flat object made of cloth or rubber, used to protect or clean something, or to make something more comfortable

pad of

Press on the wound with a large pad of cotton wool.

Use an abrasive pad for stubborn stains.

knee/elbow/shin/shoulder pad (=a pad that you wear to protect a part of your body when you are playing a sport)

2 . PAPER several sheets of paper fastened together, used for writing or drawing

writing/sketch/memo/legal etc pad

a box of paints and a sketch pad

Keep a telephone pad and a pen to hand.

a pad of paper

3 . FLAT GROUND a piece of flat ground where small aircraft can land

launch/landing/helicopter pad

The hospital has built a helicopter pad.

4 . ANIMAL’S FOOT the flesh on the bottom of the foot of a cat, dog etc

5 . APARTMENT old-fashioned informal someone’s apartment or the room where they live

6 . WATER PLANT the leaf of a ↑ water lily

⇨ ↑ launch pad , ↑ helicopter pad

II. pad 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle padded , present participle padding )

[ Sense 1: Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Low German ; Origin: padden 'to go along a path' ]

[ Sense 2-4: Date: 1800-1900 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ pad 1 ]

1 . [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk softly and quietly

pad across/through/along etc

The cat came padding silently back to its home.

She padded barefoot down the stairs.

2 . [transitive] ( also pad (something) out British English ) to fill or cover something with a soft material in order to protect it or make it more comfortable

pad something with something

jackets padded out with a soft cotton filling

3 . [transitive] American English to dishonestly make bills more expensive than they should be:

padding the bills of Medicare patients

4 . [transitive] ( also pad (something) out ) to make a speech or piece of writing longer by adding unnecessary words or details:

Don’t pad out your answer to make it seem impressive.

pad with

His autobiography is padded with boring anecdotes.

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■ to walk quietly

▪ tiptoe to walk quietly and carefully on your toes because you do not want to make a noise:

I tiptoed out trying not to wake the baby.

▪ creep to walk quietly and slowly because you do not want anyone to see or hear you:

Stella crept up the stairs, hoping not to wake her parents.

▪ sneak to walk quietly so that no-one notices you, especially because you are doing something you should not do:

They sneaked off without paying.


I quickly sneaked out to have a cigarette.

▪ pad to walk quietly without wearing shoes – also used about cats and dogs walking quietly:

Michelle got up and padded barefoot down to the kitchen.


The cat padded in, asking for her food.

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