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

Examples of piddle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every other twenty-first-century geopolitical trend will look piddling by comparison. Kevin Drum, Foreign Affairs, 14 June 2018 In all of 2020 and 2021, the bonds paid 0.2% a year on average, giving Harry a piddling $6,000 annually. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 7 May 2024 The piddling contributions were a protest of a campus culture that, in the eyes of critics, had restricted political speech while giving free rein to anti-Semitism. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2024 The Irish ranked 110th in sacks per game coming into Saturday, a piddling average of 1.57 sacks per game. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2023 But this is not such a piddling gift, according to a new paper, which proposes that these electrons react with the moon’s surface to create water. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2023 And piddling battery life is another perennial complaint with smartwatches. Victoria Song, The Verge, 31 July 2023 Despite a piddling 22-mile electric range and not-great gasoline-only fuel economy, the Wrangler 4xe is the bestselling PHEV in the United States. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 28 June 2023 Canoo’s piddling 4,500 EV van order means nothing if the company can’t deliver. IEEE Spectrum, 2 June 2023

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of piddle was in 1545

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“Piddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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