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did·dle 1

 (dĭd′l)
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

 (dĭd′l)
v. did·dled, did·dling, did·dles
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.]

diddle

(ˈdɪdəl)
vb
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

diddle

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

did•dle1

(ˈdɪd l)

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

did•dle2

(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.
v.t.
4. Dial. to move back and forth rapidly; jiggle.
[1780–90; expressive coinage, compare dodder1, doodle]
did′dler, n.

diddle


Past participle: diddled
Gerund: diddling

Imperative
diddle
diddle
Present
I diddle
you diddle
he/she/it diddles
we diddle
you diddle
they diddle
Preterite
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
Future
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
Conditional
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

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

diddle 2

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

diddle

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

diddle

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

diddle

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)

diddle

[ˈdɪdl] vt (fam) → infinocchiare
to diddle sb out of sth → fregare qc a qn
References in classic literature ?
Rover too;--you might get up Rover while you were about it, and Cassio, and Jeremy Diddler.
The threat from dole diddlers is such that there are adverts breaking into the lunchtime news urging us to inform on our neighbours if we suspect they are claiming a single-parent allowance while living with someone.
He says: "I plunged into the exhilarating world of bookmakers, betters, comedians, card sharps, dopers, diddlers, film stars, fiddlers, gangsters, jockeys, journalists, leviathans, layabouts, moguls, mugs, owners, oddsmakers, photographers, phoneys, racecourse tipsters, tic-tacs, twisters, the underworld, the upper crust, veterinarians, villains - in short, the whole of racing's daily travelling circus.
Even as we hear about the latest episode in the parliamentary soap opera of flippers and diddlers, non-doms and downright swindlers, the spouses are being pushed to the front in the desperate hope that their fragrant appearance will be sweet enough to mask the stink of mucky money.
This is not the time for wannabes, diddlers and boatrockers.