Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as tidder.
  • To trifle; potter.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Not Microsoft, and certainly not News Corp. — tiddle

    A Farewell Note From a Departing Yahoo - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Tiddle-tiddle-iddle, oom, pom-pom, and they had to speak loud in order to hear themselves.

    Love Letters

  • STENY HOYER (D-MD), MAJORITY LEADER: Sixty-five percent or more of the American public wanted this bill to pass, not because they knew every jot and tiddle and every paragraph of this bill.

    CNN Transcript Feb 17, 2009

  • He added in a low voice, ‘With my tiddle tol toor rul’ — when he was providentially stopped by Towlinson, who announced:

    Dombey and Son

  • CHARLES SCHUMER (D-NY), JUDICARY CMTE: His opening statement doesn't move us one tiddle forward in terms of finding out what happened.

    CNN Transcript Apr 15, 2007

  • His jot and his tiddle, upon which were piddled was rejected as cliche ridden fat.

    01/01/2006 - 01/08/2006

  • To leave the family-pictures from his sons to you, because you could tiddle about them, and, though you now neglect their examples, could wipe and clean them with your dainty hands!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • His jot and his tiddle, upon which were piddled was rejected as cliche ridden fat.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Q If he's going golfing it must mean he has completed the statement -- every dot or tiddle.

    Press Briefing By Mike Mccurry

  • We can literally give the future back to the American people at the grass-roots level, and have the government doing what it ought to do: be in the business of defining the public interest, making it clear, making sure it's advanced, but not prescribing every little jot and tiddle detail about how people pursue it in every business, in every community, in every enterprise all across the land.

    President Remarks On Project Xl

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  • "My little cup brims with tiddles."

    Citation: Nabokov, Vladimir. _The Annotated Lolita_. 1955. Ed. Alfred Appel, Jr. New York, Vintage, 1991. 20.

    The OED has no love for Nabokov. They list "tiddle" as a verb but not as a noun.

    When I first read the word, I thought it referred to tiddlywink, but when I finally got around to looking it up on my third trip through _Lolita_, I realized it was probably directly related to two definitions of the verb tiddle:

    1) To fondle or indulge to excess; to pet, pamper; to tend carefully, nurse, cherish.

    2) To make water, to urinate.

    A cupful of piss, a cupful of molestation. That sounds exactly like Humbert Humbert to me.

    October 21, 2007

  • In tiddlywinks, "tiddle (deprecated); vt, vi. To shoot a wink. n, adj. (deprecated) = tiddlywinks." See also tiddly.

    August 27, 2008