pid·​dling | \ ˈpid-lən How to pronounce piddling (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web Millions of additional claims are expected to stream in from around the country over the coming weeks, while hiring remains piddling. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Jobless Numbers Are ‘Eye-Watering’ but Understate the Crisis," 23 Apr. 2020 What’s particularly baffling is that Syria now produces a piddling amount of oil—about as much as Utah. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Baffling Plan to Pillage Syria’s Oil," 30 Oct. 2019 That will make the current economic uncertainty look piddling. Daniel W. Drezner, Twin Cities, "Daniel Drezner: The weak defenses of Elizabeth Warren’s trade plan," 15 Aug. 2019 In the battle for mind share, in the Trumpian quest to be part of every conversation, the Pixel far outweighs its piddling sales. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sales are a measure of sales, not importance," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of piddling

1559, in the meaning defined above

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“Piddling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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informal + disapproving : small or unimportant

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