Definitions

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  • v. To talk nonsense or speak vaguely, to waffle
  • v. To spend or waste time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in a trifling superficial manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who wastes his energy about trifles.
  • intransitive v. To spend time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in an indifferent or superficial manner; to dawdle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spend or waste time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in a trifling or superficial manner; be of a trifling, time-wasting character.
  • To criticize.
  • To quiver; shiver; tremble; creep, as live flesh: as, the fish were still quiddling.
  • n. One who quiddles, or busies himself about, trifles. Also quiddler.

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Examples

  • Maclay found the Senate was afflicted with “a rage of speaking,” while Ames complained that his colleagues in the House “correct spelling or erase may and insert shall, and quiddle in a manner which provokes me.”

    Alexander Hamilton, American

  • She like to quiddle about the china-closet, prepare the salt-cellars, put the spoons straight on the table; and every day went round the parlor with her brush, dusting chairs and tables.

    Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys

  • That 's the way things goes, and I should like to know who's a going to stop to quiddle with young uns?

    Oldtown Folks

  • The Englishman is very petulant and precise about his accommodation at inns, and on the roads; a quiddle about his toast and his chop, and every species of convenience, and loud and pungent in his expressions of impatience at any neglect.

    English Traits (1856)

  • The P's take us from pandowdy to pompey to pudjicky; the Q's offer qualmish, quick start, and quiddle; in R we find ramstugious, redd up, robin snow, and rumpelkammer; and S yields saluggi, say-so, and smearcase.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XXIII No 4

  • Here's a quorum of such quatches ripe for revival, ready for your quaintance: quaddle (grumble), quizzity (oddity), querken (stifle), quiddle (dawdle), querimony (complaint), queme (pleasant), quetch (go), queeve (twist in a road).

    'Roads to Quoz'

  • This last is a dry crust put between our gums to mump upon, when weaning time comes on, which are bad days for little ones, who would much rather quiddle the breast, as long as there is a drop to be got, but it must not be ao done in our country, for fear of making us

    Gleanings of the Vintage, Or Letters to the Spiritual Edification of the ...

  • In case you didn't recognize those Volume IV headwords, here they are again: pandowdy a deep-dish pie or cobbler pompey bulging or sagging (used in reference to a floor or a surface of ice) pudjicky sullen, grouchy qualmish queasy quick start a sneaker quiddle to fuss over unimportant matters ramstugious violent and reckless in behavior redd up to clean, tidy up robin snow a light snowfall rumpelkammer a junk room or storage place saluggi (spelled in various other ways as well) a

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XXIII No 4

  • I always fret him, he says, and it isn't my fault if I am a quiddle, "protested Steve, in self-defence.

    Eight Cousins

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  • One who spends time in trifling employments or attends to useful subjects in an indifferent or superficial manner; a dawdler.

    March 14, 2008