[ pid-ling ]
/ ˈpɪd lɪŋ /


amounting to very little; trifling; negligible: a piddling sum of money.

Origin of piddling

First recorded in 1550–60; piddle + -ing2

Definition for piddling (2 of 2)


[ pid-l ]
/ ˈpɪd l /

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

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.

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

to waste (time, money, etc.); fail to utilize (usually followed by away).

Origin of piddle

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain

Related forms

pid·dler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for piddling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpɪdlɪŋ) /


informal petty; trifling; trivial

Derived Forms

piddlingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for piddling (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpɪdəl) /


(intr) informal to urinate
(when tr, often foll by away) to spend (one's time) aimlessly; fritter

Derived Forms

piddler, noun

Word Origin for piddle

C16: origin unknown
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