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twiddle

[ twid-l ]
/ ˈtwɪd l /
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Definition of twiddle

verb (used with object), twid·dled, twid·dling.
to turn about or play with lightly or idly, especially with the fingers; twirl.
verb (used without object), twid·dled, twid·dling.
to play or trifle idly with something; fiddle.
to turn about lightly; twirl.
noun
the act of twiddling; turn; twirl.
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Idioms about twiddle

    twiddle one's thumbs, to do nothing; be idle: Business was slack, and the salespeople were twiddling their thumbs.

Origin of twiddle

1530–40; perhaps blend of twitch and fiddle

OTHER WORDS FROM twiddle

twiddler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for twiddle

twiddle
/ (ˈtwɪdəl) /

verb
(when intr, often foll by with) to twirl or fiddle (with), often in an idle way
to do nothing; be unoccupied
(intr) to turn, twirl, or rotate
(intr) rare to be occupied with trifles
noun
an act or instance of twiddling

Derived forms of twiddle

twiddler, noun

Word Origin for twiddle

C16: probably a blend of twirl + fiddle
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