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did·dle 1

tr.v. did·dled, did·dling, did·dles
Slang To cheat; swindle: "The Swiss have special laws for people who diddle hotels" (John le Carré).

[Perhaps akin to Old English dydrian, to deceive, or from variant of dialectal doodle, fool, simpleton; akin to Low German dudeldopp.]

did′dler n.

did·dle 2

v. did·dled, did·dling, did·dles
1. To jerk up and down or back and forth.
2. Vulgar Slang
a. To have intercourse with (a woman).
b. To practice masturbation upon.
1. To shake rapidly; jiggle.
2. Slang To play experimentally; toy: The children diddled with the knobs on the television all afternoon.
3. Slang To waste time: diddled around all morning.

[Probably alteration of dialectal didder, to quiver, tremble, from Middle English dideren, variant of daderen, doderen; see dodder1.]


1. (tr) to cheat or swindle
2. (intr) an obsolete word for dawdle
[C19: back formation from Jeremy Diddler, a scrounger in J. Kenney's farce Raising the Wind (1803)]
ˈdiddler n


dialect to jerk (an object) up and down or back and forth; shake rapidly
[C17: probably variant of doderen to tremble, totter; see dodder1]


(ˈdɪd l)

v.t. -dled, -dling.
Informal. to cheat; swindle.
[1800–10; of uncertain orig.]
did′dler, n.


(ˈdɪd l)

v. -dled, -dling. v.i. Informal.
1. to toy; fool: diddling with the controls.
2. to waste time (often fol. by around).
3. to move back and forth with short rapid motions.
4. Dial. to move back and forth rapidly; jiggle.
[1780–90; expressive coinage, compare dodder1, doodle]
did′dler, n.


Past participle: diddled
Gerund: diddling

I diddle
you diddle
he/she/it diddles
we diddle
you diddle
they diddle
I diddled
you diddled
he/she/it diddled
we diddled
you diddled
they diddled
Present Continuous
I am diddling
you are diddling
he/she/it is diddling
we are diddling
you are diddling
they are diddling
Present Perfect
I have diddled
you have diddled
he/she/it has diddled
we have diddled
you have diddled
they have diddled
Past Continuous
I was diddling
you were diddling
he/she/it was diddling
we were diddling
you were diddling
they were diddling
Past Perfect
I had diddled
you had diddled
he/she/it had diddled
we had diddled
you had diddled
they had diddled
I will diddle
you will diddle
he/she/it will diddle
we will diddle
you will diddle
they will diddle
Future Perfect
I will have diddled
you will have diddled
he/she/it will have diddled
we will have diddled
you will have diddled
they will have diddled
Future Continuous
I will be diddling
you will be diddling
he/she/it will be diddling
we will be diddling
you will be diddling
they will be diddling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been diddling
you have been diddling
he/she/it has been diddling
we have been diddling
you have been diddling
they have been diddling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been diddling
you will have been diddling
he/she/it will have been diddling
we will have been diddling
you will have been diddling
they will have been diddling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been diddling
you had been diddling
he/she/it had been diddling
we had been diddling
you had been diddling
they had been diddling
I would diddle
you would diddle
he/she/it would diddle
we would diddle
you would diddle
they would diddle
Past Conditional
I would have diddled
you would have diddled
he/she/it would have diddled
we would have diddled
you would have diddled
they would have diddled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.diddle - deprive of by deceitdiddle - deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"
short, short-change - cheat someone by not returning him enough money
cheat, rip off, chisel - deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"
2.diddle - manipulate manually or in one's mind or imaginationdiddle - manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate"
manipulate - hold something in one's hands and move it
put out, retire - cause to be out on a fielding play

diddle 1

Slang. To get money or something else from by deceitful trickery:
Informal: chisel, flimflam, take, trim.
Slang: do, gyp, stick, sting.

diddle 2

Slang. To pass time without working or in avoiding work:
bum (around), idle, laze, loaf, loiter, lounge, shirk.
Slang: goldbrick, goof (off).
übers Ohr hauen


[ˈdɪdl] VTestafar, timar
to diddle sb out of sthestafar algo a algn


vt (mainly British) (= con) → rouler
vi (US) to diddle with sth (= fiddle) → tripatouiller qch
to diddle around (= waste time) → traînasser


vt (Brit inf) → übers Ohr hauen (inf), → beschummeln; you have been diddledman hat Sie übers Ohr gehauen; to diddle somebody out of somethingjdm etw abgaunern (inf)


[ˈdɪdl] vt (fam) → infinocchiare
to diddle sb out of sth → fregare qc a qn
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