Definition of twiddle
twiddlingplay \ˈtwid-liŋ, ˈtwi-dəl-iŋ\
1 : to play negligently with something : fiddle
2 : to turn or jounce lightly twiddles round and round in the water — J. B. S. Haldane
: to rotate lightly or idly twiddled his pen
twiddle one's thumbs
: to spend time idly : do nothing
Examples of twiddle in a Sentence
Just twiddle the dial on the radio a bit for better reception.
Twiddle the knob on the telescope until things are in focus.
She twiddled her pen while she talked on the phone.
She twiddled with her pen while she talked on the phone.
Recent Examples of twiddle from the Web
The electronic producer twiddled knobs and triggered samples with a glowing Ableton controller, laying out a shimmering, shifting beat as endless as a California summer.
That's a long time to be sitting there twiddling your thumbs.
The idea that age could be manipulated by twiddling a few control knobs ignited a research boom, and soon various clinical indignities had increased the worm’s life span by a factor of ten and those of lab mice by a factor of two.
Rather than sitting around twiddling your thumbs find ways to be more productive.
But the scouts might spend some thumb-twiddling afternoons, as pitchers avoid throwing baseballs anywhere near Lewis.
Players began twiddling the tips of their fingers in Yates’s direction, as if trying to cast a jinx.
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Origin and Etymology of twiddle
First Known Use: circa 1540See Words from the same year
First Known Use of twiddle
TWIDDLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of twiddle for English Language Learners
: to turn (something) back and forth slightly
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