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noun (Brit, informal)
a very small fish or aquatic creature, esp a stickleback, minnow, or tadpole
a small child, esp one undersized for its age
Word Origin
C19: from dialectal tittlebat, childish variant of stickleback, influenced by tiddly1
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  • tiddler has enemies, like the best of mines: or they may be named lovers, if you like.

  • It all came of the junior master's clandestine connection with the tiddler.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • Tom tiddler took them into a large kitchen where Mrs. tiddler was busy making the tea.

  • You and tiddler will keep twenty yards behind to cover us if necessary, but no firing unless you are absolutely obliged.

  • And he exhibited the piece of barbed wire on which, forgetting all about it, tiddler had sat down heavily.

  • "We've got the trench, sir," said tiddler, whose face was as white as Hawke's under the dirt that grimed it.

  • tiddler's bayonet was wrenched from the muzzle of his rifle, and a bullet chipped the brim of Hawke's steel helmet.

  • tiddler immediately behind him caught the falling body on his head and shoulder, and passed his rifle to Dennis.

  • And, leaving the gun where it was, he clambered down, to find Hawke and tiddler waiting for him.

  • tiddler had not yet reached him, and Bob was searching anxiously for some trace of his brother.

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