- An example of diddle is when you aimlessly toss a yo-yo around because you are bored.
- An example of diddle is when you lie about how much was in the shared tip jar, cheating your coworkers and keeping more for yourself.
- Informal to move back and forth in a jerky or rapid manner; jiggle
- to have sexual intercourse with
- to masturbate
Origin of diddledialect, dialectal duddle, diddle, to totter, akin to dodder
- to cheat, swindle, or victimize
- to waste (time) in trifling: often followed by away
Origin of diddleuncertain or unknown; perhaps after Jeremy Diddler, character in the play Raising the Wind (1803), by James Kenney: name probably ; from dialect, dialectal duddle, to trick, ultimately ; from Old English dyderian, to fool
transitive verbdid·dled, did·dling, did·dles
Origin of diddlePerhaps akin to Old English dydrian, to deceive, or from variant of dialectal doodle, fool, simpleton; akin to Low German dudeldopp.
verbdid·dled, did·dling, did·dles
- To jerk up and down or back and forth.
- Vulgar Slang a. To have intercourse with (a woman).b. To practice masturbation upon.
- To shake rapidly; jiggle.
- Slang To play experimentally; toy: The children diddled with the knobs on the television all afternoon.
- Slang To waste time: diddled around all morning.
Origin of diddleProbably alteration of dialectal didder, to quiver, tremble, from Middle English dideren, variant of daderen, doderen; see dodder1.
(third-person singular simple present diddles, present participle diddling, simple past and past participle diddled)
From dialectal duddle, "to trick" (16th century), "to totter" (17th century); perhaps influenced by the name (which itself was probably chosen as an allusion to duddle) of the swindling character Jeremy Diddler in Kenney's Raising the Wind (1803). Meaning "to have sex with" is from the 19th century, "to masturbate" is 1950's.