diddle

play
verb did·dle \ˈdi-dəl\

Definition of diddle

diddled

;

diddling

play \ˈdid-liŋ, -dəl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly dialectal :  to move with short rapid motions

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

  4. 3 :  hoax, swindle

  5. 4 usuallyvulgar :  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 and Etymology of diddle

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1786


DIDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

diddle

play
verb did·dle \ˈdi-dəl\

Definition of diddle for English Language Learners

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

  • : to steal money from (someone) by cheating



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