- To diddle is defined as to behave in an unproductive manner or to cheat or lie about something on purpose.
- 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: dialect, dialectal duddle, diddle, to totter, akin to dodder
- diddler noun
- to cheat, swindle, or victimize
- to waste (time) in trifling: often followed by away
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps after Jeremy Diddler, character inch(es) the play Raising the Wind (1803), by James Kenney: name probably ; from dialect, dialectal duddle, to trick, ultimately ; from Old English dyderian, to fool
- diddler noun
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transitive verb did·dled, did·dling, did·dles
Origin: Perhaps akin to Old English dydrian, to deceive, or from variant of dialectal doodle, fool, simpleton; akin to Low German dudeldopp.
- didˈdler noun
verb did·dled, did·dling, did·dles verb, transitive
- 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: Probably alteration of dialectal didder, to quiver, tremble, from Middle English dideren, variant of daderen, doderen, perhaps from Low German.