verb (used with object), twid·dled, twid·dling.
verb (used without object), twid·dled, twid·dling.
- twiddle one's thumbs,
- twig blight,
- twig borer,
- twig girdler
Origin of twiddle
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
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.