[ twid-l ]
/ ˈtwɪd l /

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.


the act of twiddling; turn; twirl.

Idioms for 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


twid·dler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for twiddle

/ (ˈtwɪdəl) /


(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


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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