Diddle meaning

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To masturbate (especially of women)
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To have sex with.
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To play experimentally; toy.

The children diddled with the knobs on the television all afternoon.

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To waste time.

Diddled around all morning.

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(music) In percussion, two consecutive notes played by the same hand (either RR or LL), similar to the drag, except that by convention diddles are played the same speed as the context in which they are placed.
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To waste (time) in trifling.
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(slang, childish) The penis.
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To jerk up and down or back and forth.
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To shake rapidly; jiggle.
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To move back and forth in a jerky or rapid manner; jiggle.
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To move back and forth jerkily or rapidly.
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To cheat, swindle, or victimize.
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To waste time.
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(intransitive) To totter, as a child in walking; to daddle.

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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.

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To cheat; swindle.
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To waste time; dawdle.
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Origin of diddle

  • Probably alteration of dialectal didder to quiver, tremble from Middle English dideren variant of daderen, doderen dodder1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps akin to Old English dydrian to deceive, or from variant of dialectal doodle fool, simpleton Low German dudeldopp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary