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verb (used with object),twid·dled, twid·dling.
  1. to turn about or play with lightly or idly, especially with the fingers; twirl.

verb (used without object),twid·dled, twid·dling.
  1. to play or trifle idly with something; fiddle.

  2. to turn about lightly; twirl.

  1. the act of twiddling; turn; twirl.

Idioms about twiddle

  1. 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


/ (ˈtwɪdəl) /

  1. (when intr, often foll by with) to twirl or fiddle (with), often in an idle way

  2. to do nothing; be unoccupied

  1. (intr) to turn, twirl, or rotate

  2. (intr) rare to be occupied with trifles

  1. an act or instance of twiddling

Origin of twiddle

C16: probably a blend of twirl + fiddle

Derived forms of twiddle

  • twiddler, noun

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