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Monday, July 11, 2016

Definitions for tweedle

  1. to lure by or as by music: The Pied Piper tweedled the children into following him.
  2. to produce high-pitched, modulated sounds, as a singer, bird, or musical instrument.
  3. to perform lightly upon a musical instrument.

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Citations for tweedle
Hark, from aloft his tortur'd Cat-gut squeals, /He tickles ev'ry String, to ev'ry Note / He bends his pliant Neck, his single Eye / Twinkles with Joy, his active Stump beats Time. / Let but this subtle Artist softly touch / The trembling Chords, the faint expiring Swain / Trembles no less, and the fond yielding Maid / Is tweedled into Love. William Somervile, "Hobbinol, or the Rural Games, " 1740
In regard to church music, if a man cannot be said to be merry or good-humored when he is tickled till he laughs, why should he be esteemed devout or pious when he is tweedled into zeal by the drone pipe of an organ? William Shenstone, "On Religion," The Works in Verse and Prose, of William Shenstone, Esq, 1764
Origin of tweedle
Tweedle is imitative in origin, though it may also be influenced by the verb wheedle. It entered English in the late 1600s.