Simple Definition of twiddle
: to turn (something) back and forth slightly
Full Definition of twiddle
twid·dledtwid·dling play \ˈtwid-liŋ, ˈtwi-dəl-iŋ\
1 : to play negligently with something : fiddle
2 : to turn or jounce lightly <twiddles round and round in the water — J. B. S. Haldane>
: to rotate lightly or idly <twiddled his pen>
: to spend time idly : do nothing
Examples of twiddle
Just twiddle the dial on the radio a bit for better reception.
Twiddle the knob on the telescope until things are in focus.
She twiddled her pen while she talked on the phone.
She twiddled with her pen while she talked on the phone.
Origin of twiddle
First Known Use: circa 1540
First Known Use of twiddle
TWIDDLE Defined for Kids
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