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verb (used without object), pid·dled, pid·dling.
  1. to spend time in a wasteful, trifling, or ineffective way; dawdle (often followed by around): He wasted the day piddling around.
  2. Informal. (especially of children and pets) to urinate.
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verb (used with object), pid·dled, pid·dling.
  1. to waste (time, money, etc.); fail to utilize (usually followed by away).
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Origin of piddle

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
Related formspid·dler, noun
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Historical Examples of piddler

  • But he was ably vindicated by Piddler, and the unfortunate Sam was convicted of petty larceny.

    The Funny Philosophers

    George Yellott

British Dictionary definitions for piddler


  1. (intr) informal to urinate
  2. (when tr, often foll by away) to spend (one's time) aimlessly; fritter
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Derived Formspiddler, noun

Word Origin for piddle

C16: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for piddler



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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