paddywagon(redirected from a paddywagon)
slang A large police van—or any police vehicle—used to transport criminals or suspects to prison. (Potentially offensive, as "paddy" is a derogatory slang term for an Irish person.) Nearly two dozen looters were thrown into paddywagons by police forces trying to quell the riots. After Jeff got drunk and started assaulting a bouncer, he ended his night in the back of a paddywagon.