did·​dle | \ ˈdi-dᵊl How to pronounce diddle (audio) \
diddled; diddling\ ˈdid-​liŋ How to pronounce diddling (audio) , -​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of diddle

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : to move with short rapid motions
2 : to waste (time) in trifling
3 : hoax, swindle
4 usually vulgar : to copulate with

intransitive verb

1 : dawdle, fool
2 : fiddle, toy usually used with with diddled with the machine until it broke

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Other Words from diddle

diddler \ ˈdid-​lər How to pronounce diddler (audio) , -​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of diddle in a Sentence

He had tried to diddle his insurance agency. She felt she had been diddled out of her inheritance.

First Known Use of diddle

1786, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for diddle

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English Language Learners Definition of diddle

US : to spend time doing something or handling something in an aimless way
British : to steal money from (someone) by cheating

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