- amounting to very little; trifling; negligible: a piddling sum of money.
Origin of piddling
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- 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
Examples from the Web for piddling
Still, I have never forgotten that in my youth, I thought the difference between life and death was piddling.I Killed Sunny von Bulow
December 9, 2008
They simply sat around, doing nothing but watch their screens and keep their few, piddling records.Final Weapon
Everett B. Cole
I come to town and stayed about two weeks, piddling around to git along.
Except for the portions reserved for the two cooks, there was not a crumb of piddling left.The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp
With this he left us piddling; then within a quarter of an hour came back, and told us the pope-hawk is now to be seen.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
We were kind of piddling around, and I kind of walked off ahead of him.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- informal petty; trifling; trivial
- (intr) informal to urinate
- (when tr, often foll by away) to spend (one's time) aimlessly; fritter
Word Origin and History for piddling
"insignificant, trifling," 1550s, past participle adjective from piddle (v.).
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.