Definition of twiddle
- twiddles round and round in the water
- —J. B. S. Haldane
- twiddled his pen
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.
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First Known Use: circa 1540See Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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