tid·​dler | \ ˈti-dᵊl-ər How to pronounce tiddler (audio) , ˈtid-lər \

Definition of tiddler

1 British : a small fish (such as a stickleback or minnow) Children paddle and fish for tiddlers near the riverside church at Loose in Kent.— Stuart Verrells
2 British, informal : a small person or thing IBM, the world's biggest computer maker, has signed alliances with nearly 20 tiddlers to try to combine their innovation with its own prowess in marketing and customer service.The Economist

Examples of tiddler in a Sentence

The company is no tiddler.
Recent Examples on the Web Just shy of $200bn, Comcast, a cable company which last year bought Sky, a British satellite broadcaster, is the tiddler of the bunch. The Economist, "Viacom and CBS agree to reunite," 15 Aug. 2019 On October 29th the American chipmaking tiddler reported its third-quarter results. The Economist, "AMD, a chipmaking underdog, is having its day," 31 Oct. 2019 Just shy of $200bn, Comcast, a cable company which last year bought Sky, a British satellite broadcaster, is a relative tiddler. The Economist, "Viacom and CBS agree to reunite," 14 Aug. 2019 Solar-powered fish-dryers have quickened the process of preparing tiddlers for market. The Economist, "Climate change is making it harder to reduce poverty in Malawi," 16 Sep. 2019 And though the West Antarctic ice sheet is a tiddler compared with its eastern neighbour, its collapse would mean a GMSL rise of about 3.5 metres. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 Its cargo airline, Amazon Air, is still a tiddler compared with FedEx, with just 33 jets in its fleet. The Economist, "The global logistics business is going to be transformed by digitisation," 26 Apr. 2018 Canada’s corporate-bond market is a relative tiddler, with a total of 604 new bond issues in the past two years. The Economist, "A Canadian startup applies machine-learning to corporate bond issuance," 10 May 2018 Most of these tiddlers are islands, some tiny, whose governments enjoy a rare platform offered by the Commonwealth for voicing their environmental worries, especially over climate change. The Economist, "Is the Commonwealth a plausible substitute for the EU?," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tiddler

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tiddler

probably from English dialect tiddly little

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The first known use of tiddler was in 1885

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“Tiddler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiddler. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tiddler

British, informal
: a small fish
: a small and unimportant person or thing

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