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twiddle

verb twid·dle \ ˈtwi-dᵊl \

Definition of twiddle

twiddled; twiddling play \ˈtwid-liŋ, ˈtwi-dᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to play negligently with something :fiddle
2 :to turn or jounce lightly
  • twiddles round and round in the water
  • —J. B. S. Haldane
transitive verb
:to rotate lightly or idly
  • twiddled his pen
twiddle one's thumbs
:to spend time idly :do nothing

Examples of twiddle in a Sentence

  1. Just twiddle the dial on the radio a bit for better reception.

  2. Twiddle the knob on the telescope until things are in focus.

  3. She twiddled her pen while she talked on the phone.

  4. She twiddled with her pen while she talked on the phone.

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Origin and Etymology of twiddle

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twiddle

noun

Definition of twiddle

First Known Use of twiddle

1774


TWIDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

twiddle

verb

Definition of twiddle for English Language Learners

  • : to turn (something) back and forth slightly


TWIDDLE Defined for Kids

twiddle

verb twid·dle \ ˈtwi-dᵊl \

Definition of twiddle for Students

twiddled; twiddling
:1twirl
  • I twiddled my thumbs.


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