verb (used with object), twid·dled, twid·dling.
verb (used without object), twid·dled, twid·dling.
Examples from the Web for twiddle
We cannot dither, we cannot just twiddle our thumbs, or wait and see.After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama’s ISIS War|Josh Rogin|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ready now, but so long as the wind blows, we have to twiddle our thumbs.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
She raised her fingers, made sure of the notes of the first twiddle, and began to play.Rough-Hewn|Dorothy Canfield
Three seconds later the colonel and the major had climbed out of the bomber, leaving Dawson and Farmer to twiddle their fingers.Dave Dawson at Casablanca|Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for twiddle
Word Origin for twiddle
Word Origin and History for twiddle
1540s, "to trifle," of unknown origin; of the fingers, first recorded 1670s. Figurative phrase twiddle one's thumbs "have nothing to do" is recorded from 1846; to twirl one's thumbs in the same sense is recorded from 1816. Related: Twiddled; twiddling.