to twirl or play with lightly or idly
Origin of twiddleprobably ; from tw(ist) or tw(irl) + (d)iddle
- to toy or trifle with some object
- to be busy about trifles
- to move in a twirling manner
a light, twirling motion, as with the thumbs
twiddle one's thumbs
- to twirl one's thumbs idly around each other
- to do nothing; be idle
verbtwid·dled, twid·dling, twid·dles
To turn over or around idly or lightly; fiddle with: “Couples are twiddling swizzle sticks while waiting for their tables” (Bryan Miller).
- To trifle with something.
- To be busy about trifles.
- To twirl or rotate without purpose.
The act or an instance of twiddling.
Origin of twiddlePossibly blend of twist and fiddle.
(third-person singular simple present twiddles, present participle twiddling, simple past and past participle twiddled)