Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A state of indecisive agitation.
  • intransitive verb To be nervously irresolute in acting or doing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A trembling; vibration.
  • To shake; tremble: same as didder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being undecided.
  • noun A form of noise which is intentionally applied to randomize errors which occur in the processing of both digital audio and digital video data
  • verb obsolete To tremble, shake, or shiver with cold.
  • verb To be uncertain or unable to make a decision about doing something.
  • verb To do something nervously.
  • verb computer graphics To render an approximation of (an image, etc.) by using dot patterns in similar colours to those that are unavailable on the system.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain
  • verb make a fuss; be agitated
  • noun an excited state of agitation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of didder, from Middle English dideren, to tremble; see diddle.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From didder from Middle English didderen, meaning "to tremble".

Examples

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  • Molly used this word in one of the Harry Potter books when she got all excited when she found out that Ron was a prefect.

    June 29, 2012