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A pattern of drumbeats characterized by four basic beats and alternating left-handed and right-handed strokes on the successive primary beats.
(Music, other) a group of four drum beats produced by using alternate sticks in the pattern right-left-right-right or left-right-left-left
[C20: of imitative origin]
par•a•did•dle(ˈpær əˌdɪd l)
a drumbeat sequence alternating left and right hands.
[1925–30; partly imitative; compare diddle2]