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twiddle

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verb twid·dle \ˈtwi-dəl\

Definition of twiddle

twiddled

;

twiddling

play \ˈtwid-liŋ, ˈtwi-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to play negligently with something :  fiddle

  3. 2 :  to turn or jounce lightly <twiddles round and round in the water — J. B. S. Haldane>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to rotate lightly or idly <twiddled his pen>

twiddle one's thumbs

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of twiddle

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1540


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twiddle

noun twid·dle

Definition of twiddle

  1. :  turn, twist

1774

First Known Use of twiddle

1774


TWIDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

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twiddle

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verb twid·dle \ˈtwi-dəl\

Definition of twiddle for English Language Learners

  • : to turn (something) back and forth slightly


TWIDDLE Defined for Kids

twiddle

play
verb twid·dle \ˈtwi-dəl\

Definition of twiddle for Students

twiddled

twiddling

  1. :  1twirl <I twiddled my thumbs.>



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