pid·​dling | \ˈpid-lən, -liŋ;ˈpi-dᵊl-ən, -iŋ\

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He was paid a piddling amount of money. raised one final, piddling objection to the plan

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Of those, only four rather piddling victories went the liberals’ way. The Economist, "Justice Kennedy is retiring. What happens now?," 30 June 2018 Learning about other runners' struggles and triumphs helps put my piddling run into a bigger narrative, often allowing me to see myself differently within another story. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "When running gets monotonous, change the scenery or the soundtrack," 21 June 2018 How to: Improve the Wi-Fi reception in your home The most-improved was Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which went from a piddling 2.68 Mbps download speed in 2017 to 59.62 Mbps this year. Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle, "These are the busiest U.S./Canadian airports with the fastest free Wi-Fi," 12 June 2018 The fact that the market delivers enormous rewards to people who design collateralized debt obligations — and piddling ones to those who care for the elderly — is a reflection of government policy, not metaphysical truth. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Jordan Peterson Does Not Support ‘Equality of Opportunity’," 25 May 2018 All things considered, the settlement was a piddling sum. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "For Lance Armstrong, Backing Down Might Have Hurt More Than Paying $5 Million," 20 Apr. 2018 Trump was a write-in candidate and earned piddling support. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Can Donald Trump, the Most Unpopular President Ever, Save Republicans From a Massive Defeat in 2018?," 21 Feb. 2018 The first experiment to be built to look for it in the mine that now hosts Super-Kamiokande was called KamiokaNDE, and used a piddling 3,000 tonnes of water for the purposes of detection. The Economist, "Particle physicsFundamental physics is frustrating physicists," 13 Jan. 2018 Given the plan’s piddling cuts for middle-income families, as well as the intensity of tax-reform negotiations more generally, much of the plan is likely to change in the coming months. Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic, "Trump Says His Tax Plan Won't Benefit the Rich—He's Exactly Wrong," 29 Sep. 2017

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1559, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piddling was in 1559

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English Language Learners Definition of piddling

: small or unimportant

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