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 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 Commissioners on Tuesday piddled around, failing to allocate money to LASER, the agency that could snag millions of dollars for the poor, elderly, disabled, uninsured and underinsured of Lake County. Lauren Ritchie,, "Hurricane Irma: Lake County Commission dawdles while victims suffer," 20 Sep. 2017 But his mistakes Sunday may not have looked so glaring if promising drives weren’t piddled away into field goals. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Pieces of Panthers QB Cam Newton’s game are coming back, but when will all of it?," 20 Sep. 2017 Doing a load of laundry is, of course, not piddling. Southern Living, "The Fine Art of Piddling," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of piddle

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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something of little or no value

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