- to spend time in a wasteful, trifling, or ineffective way; dawdle (often followed by around): He wasted the day piddling around.
- Informal. (especially of children and pets) to urinate.
- to waste (time, money, etc.); fail to utilize (usually followed by away).
Origin of piddle
First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
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But he was ably vindicated by Piddler, and the unfortunate Sam was convicted of petty larceny.The Funny Philosophers
- (intr) informal to urinate
- (when tr, often foll by away) to spend (one's time) aimlessly; fritter
C16: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for piddler
1540s, "to peddle, to work in a trifling way," of uncertain origin, apparently a frequentative form. Meaning "to pick at one's food" is from 1610s; that of "urinate" is from 1796. Related: Piddled; piddler; piddling.
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