pid·​dle | \ ˈpi-dᵊl How to pronounce piddle (audio) \
piddled; piddling\ ˈpid-​liŋ How to pronounce piddling (audio) , ˈpi-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

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Recent Examples on the Web But compared to the influencer set or even the average high school student, his social media presence is piddling. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Welcome to Botnet, Where Everyone’s an Influencer," 1 Mar. 2020 The mass of evidence in the broader Clinton email scandal showed, at the very least, that her staff had engaged in lawlessness and obstructed justice in ways that make the actions of George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn look piddling in contrast. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Democrats Still Haven’t Come to Terms with 2016," 19 Feb. 2020 The only animal whose connectome has been completed is the tiny roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans, with a piddling 302 neurons making about 7,000 synapses, and that took 15 years for a rough draft (released in 1986) and another 20 for a final. Sharon Begley, STAT, "A ‘landmark’ achievement: Scientists trace full wiring diagram of the fly brain’s core," 22 Jan. 2020 The resulting thrust is piddling compared to traditional engines, and that’s OK—the spacecraft is floating through the vacuum of space, so the shower of ions accelerate the aircraft bit by bit. Matt Simon, WIRED, "An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship," 4 July 2019 Once March arrives, the sports stags wind down, everybody's a hoops expert and the neighbor that used to piddle in his yard returns from hibernation. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Springer: Who has the best path to March?," 21 Jan. 2018 Amid piddling economic growth, central bankers around the world slashed interest rates. Matt Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, "Stock markets tumble more than 660 points, spelling end to long upward run," 2 Feb. 2018 And when today’s CAPE is highly elevated, gains over the next decade tend to be piddling, a pattern that repeats itself with remarkable consistency. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Why Wall Street Is Ignoring "CAPE" Fear," 17 Jan. 2018 The truth, though, is that ratings for sports talk shows are piddling compared to the 9.7 million viewers that FS1 drew, for example, for its broadcast of the Chicago Cubs’ National League Championship Series–clinching win. Ben Mathis-lilley, Slate Magazine, "Fox Sports 1 Is Amazing! Awful! Fantastic! Execrable!," 26 Mar. 2017

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1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Piddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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