diddle

1
[ did-l ]
/ ˈdɪd l /

verb (used with object), did·dled, did·dling.

Informal. to cheat; swindle; hoax.

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Origin of diddle

1
First recorded in 1800–10; perhaps special use of diddle2

OTHER WORDS FROM diddle

did·dler, noun

Definition for diddle (2 of 2)

diddle2
[ did-l ]
/ ˈdɪd l /

verb (used without object), did·dled, did·dling.

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.

verb (used with object), did·dled, did·dling.

Informal. to move back and forth with short rapid motions; jiggle: Diddle the switch and see if the light comes on.
Slang.
  1. to copulate with.
  2. to practice masturbation upon.

Origin of diddle

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1800–10; expressive coinage, perhaps orig. in the Siamese twins diddle-diddle, diddle-daddle; cf. dodder1, doodle1

OTHER WORDS FROM diddle

did·dler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for diddle (1 of 2)

diddle1
/ (ˈdɪdəl) /

verb informal

(tr) to cheat or swindle
(intr) an obsolete word for dawdle

Derived forms of diddle

diddler, noun

Word Origin for diddle

C19: back formation from Jeremy Diddler, a scrounger in J. Kenney's farce Raising the Wind (1803)

British Dictionary definitions for diddle (2 of 2)

diddle2
/ (ˈdɪdəl) /

verb

dialect to jerk (an object) up and down or back and forth; shake rapidly

Word Origin for diddle

C17: probably variant of doderen to tremble, totter; see dodder 1
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