To diddle is defined as to behave in an unproductive manner or to cheat or lie about something on purpose.(verb)
See diddle in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: dial. duddle, diddle, to totter, akin to dodder
Origin: ? after Jeremy Diddler, character in the play Raising the Wind (1803), by James Kenney: name prob. < dial. duddle, to trick, ult. < OE dyderian, to fool
See diddle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb did·dled, did·dling, did·dles
Origin: Perhaps akin to Old English dydrian, to deceive,
Origin: or from variant of dialectal doodle, fool, simpleton
Origin: ; akin to Low German dudeldopp.
verb did·dled, did·dling, did·dles verb, transitive
Origin: Probably alteration of dialectal didder, to quiver, tremble
Origin: , from Middle English dideren
Origin: , variant of daderen, doderen
Origin: , perhaps from Low German.
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