- Informal. to cheat; swindle; hoax.
Origin of diddle1
- Informal. to toy; fool (usually followed by with): The kids have been diddling with the controls on the television set again.
- to waste time; dawdle (often followed by around): You would be finished by now if you hadn't spent the morning diddling around.
- Informal. to move back and forth with short rapid motions.
- Informal. to move back and forth with short rapid motions; jiggle: Diddle the switch and see if the light comes on.
- to copulate with.
- to practice masturbation upon.
Origin of diddle2
Examples from the Web for diddler
Were he not a diddler, he would be a maker of patent rat-traps or an angler for trout.
"They keep the finest Port here you ever tasted," says the Diddler.
A diddler may thus be regarded as a banker in petto—a "financial operation," as a diddle at Brobdignag.
Some grumble but all submit, and the diddler goes home a wealthier man by some fifty or sixty dollars well earned.
There are but two ways about it—take to the highway, or become a Diddler—a sponge—and, like woodcock, live on "suction."
- (tr) to cheat or swindle
- (intr) an obsolete word for dawdle
- dialect to jerk (an object) up and down or back and forth; shake rapidly
Word Origin and History for diddler
"to cheat, swindle," 1806, from dialectal duddle, diddle "to totter" (1630s). Meaning "waste time" is recorded from 1825. Meaning "to have sex with" is from 1879; that of "to masturbate" (especially of women) is from 1950s. More or less unrelated meanings that have gathered around a suggestive sound. Related: Diddled; diddling.