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twiddle

play
verb twid·dle \ˈtwi-dəl\

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. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to play negligently with something :  fiddle

  3. 2 :  to turn or jounce lightly <twiddles round and round in the water — J. B. S. Haldane>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to rotate lightly or idly <twiddled his pen>

twiddle one's thumbs
  1. :  to spend time idly :  do nothing

Examples of twiddle

  1. Just twiddle the dial on the radio a bit for better reception.

  2. Twiddle the knob on the telescope until things are in focus.

  3. She twiddled her pen while she talked on the phone.

  4. She twiddled with her pen while she talked on the phone.



Origin of twiddle

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1540

Rhymes with twiddle


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twiddle

noun twid·dle

Definition of twiddle

  1. :  turn, twist



1774

First Known Use of twiddle

1774




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