Meaning of dog paddle

dog' pad"dle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a simple swimming stroke mainly used to stay afloat while remaining almost stationary in the water, executed by paddling both arms underwater while kicking the legs, with the body in a crouching position and the head above water.


Pronunciation: (dôg'pad"l, dog'-), [key]
— -dled, -dling.
  1. to swim or keep afloat by use of the dog paddle.
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