pid·​dling ˈpid-lən How to pronounce piddling (audio)

Examples of piddling in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piddling was in 1559

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“Piddling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


pid·​dling ˈpid-lən How to pronounce piddling (audio)
: lacking size or importance : trivial
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