pid·​dly ˈpid-lē How to pronounce piddly (audio)

Examples of piddly in a Sentence

I don't want to argue about piddly details. there's only a piddly difference in price between the two paintings, so take whichever you prefer
Recent Examples on the Web Adding an additional 23,000 km is really a piddly amount. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2010 Online savings accounts have proliferated in recent years, offering higher yields than the piddly rates attached to ordinary savings accounts, which are less than 0.1%, on average. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 Byrne is still a United States congressman and that’s no piddly thing. Kyle Whitmire, al, 7 Nov. 2019 This information isn't written in the controller's piddly instruction manual. Sam MacHkovech, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2018 After Kilauea's 1924 summit explosions, the volcano entered a decade of piddly rumblings, followed by 18 years of silence. Sophia Yan and Malcolm Ritter, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2018 But sometimes self-denial is its own form of power, as you are no doubt noticing, crammed into that piddly apartment. Helaine Olen, Slate Magazine, 25 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piddly was in 1946

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“Piddly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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