[ pid-ling ]
/ ˈpɪd lɪŋ /


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

Nearby words

  1. piculet,
  2. picumnus,
  3. picus,
  4. pid,
  5. piddle,
  6. piddock,
  7. pidgeon,
  8. pidgin,
  9. pidgin english,
  10. pidgin sign english

Origin of piddling

First recorded in 1550–60; piddle + -ing2


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

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British Dictionary definitions for piddling


/ (ˈpɪdlɪŋ) /


informal petty; trifling; trivial
Derived Formspiddlingly, adverb


/ (ˈpɪdəl) /


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

Word Origin for piddle

C16: origin unknown

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