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diddle

play
verb, did·dle \ˈdi-dəl\

Simple Definition of diddle

  • : to spend time doing something or handling something in an aimless way

  • : to steal money from (someone) by cheating

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of diddle

diddleddiddling play \ˈdid-liŋ, -dəl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly dialect :  to move with short rapid motions

  3. 2 :  to waste (as time) in trifling

  4. 3 :  hoax, swindle

  5. 4 often vulgar :  to copulate with

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  dawdle, fool

  8. 2 :  fiddle, toy —usually used with with <diddled with the machine until it broke>

diddler play \ˈdid-lər, -dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of diddle in a sentence

  1. He had tried to diddle his insurance agency.

  2. She felt she had been diddled out of her inheritance.



Origin of diddle

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1786

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