- 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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Examples from the Web for piddle
The principal rivers are the Stour, the Frome, and the Piddle.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Some moved to town and do carpenter work, and others jes' piddle around.
It riseth about Alton, and goeth from thence to Piddle trench head, Deuils.Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine
Atter grandma got too old to wuk in de field, she didn't do nothin' but piddle 'round de yard and bile slops for de hogs.
I know I used to go to the house with my mother and piddle around.
- (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 piddle
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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