from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To talk or act feebly or futilely.
- n. Foolish or futile talk or ideas; nonsense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Nonsense, foolish talk.
- v. To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.
- v. To waste, to fritter away.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be sequeamish or delicate; hence, to act or talk triflingly or ineffectively; to twaddle; piddle.
- n. Act of piffling; trifling talk or action; piddling; twaddle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To do something (or nothing) in a lazy, ineffective way; idle; dawdle; talk idly or nonsensically.
- To be squeamish.
- n. Something trifling or nonsensical; trifling talk; twaddle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
- v. act in a trivial or ineffective way
- n. trivial nonsense
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown, 1847. Perhaps blend of piddle and trifle, perhaps puff (“(onomatopoeia, puff of air)”) + -le (“diminutive”). (Wiktionary)