- a portable or detachable lock with a pivoted or sliding shackle that can be passed through a link, ring, staple, or the like.
verb (used with object)
- to fasten with or as with a padlock.
- a detachable lock having a hinged or sliding shackle, which can be used to secure a door, lid, etc, by passing the shackle through rings or staples
- (tr) to fasten with or as if with a padlock
n.“removable lock,” late 15c., from lokke (see lock (n.)), but the first element is of unknown origin. v.1640s, from padlock (n.). Related: Padlocked; padlocking.