- 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 diddle
The only reason to have a separate vote is to diddle the White House around.Will the House GOP Stop the War on ISIS?
September 12, 2014
Doctors understand this: When we diddle, our power is not consolidated, but completely lost.Scott DesJarlais Crossed the Line by Having Sex With Patients
November 29, 2012
Since still they make ballads that worse and worseSavor of diddle and hey-de-dee.The Book of Humorous Verse
The origin of the diddle is referrable to the infancy of the Human Race.
I reason a priori, and a diddle would be no diddle without a grin.
We all wondered what this could be, for we knew it was not there when Diddle went up.Old Wonder-Eyes
L. K. Lippincott
He there states that Pancakes and “Diddle, diddle dumplings O!”The Cries of London
John Thomas Smith
- (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 diddle
"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.