verb (used with object), twid·dled, twid·dling.
verb (used without object), twid·dled, twid·dling.
Origin of twiddle
Related Words for twiddlefidget, fool, trifle, dabble, toy, handle, monkey, feel, doodle, putter, play, interfere, mess, tinker, finger, tamper, touch, puddle, potter
Examples from the Web for twiddle
Contemporary Examples of 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
September 2, 2014
Historical Examples of twiddle
A man who has been active hates 270 to sit down and twiddle his thumbs.The Place of Honeymoons
Then I did remember more or less, while Hans continued to twiddle the hat.The Ivory Child
H. Rider Haggard
I twiddle your little good Andrew to assert it for us twenty times a day.Evan Harrington, Complete
Get under the pilot an' sort o' twiddle ye off the track, don't they?The Day's Work, Volume 1
Waiting the answer, he joined his hands, and began to twiddle his thumbs.The Wandering Jew, Complete
Word Origin 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.