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diddle1

[did-l] /ˈdɪd l/
verb (used with object), diddled, diddling.
1.
Informal. to cheat; swindle; hoax.
Origin of diddle1
1800-1810
1800-10; perhaps special use of diddle2
Related forms
diddler, noun

diddle2

[did-l] /ˈdɪd l/
verb (used without object), diddled, diddling.
1.
Informal. to toy; fool (usually followed by with):
The kids have been diddling with the controls on the television set again.
2.
to waste time; dawdle (often followed by around):
You would be finished by now if you hadn't spent the morning diddling around.
3.
Informal. to move back and forth with short rapid motions.
verb (used with object), diddled, diddling.
4.
Informal. to move back and forth with short rapid motions; jiggle:
Diddle the switch and see if the light comes on.
5.
Slang.
  1. to copulate with.
  2. to practice masturbation upon.
Origin
1800-10; expressive coinage, perhaps orig. in the Siamese twins diddle-diddle, diddle-daddle; cf. dodder1, doodle1
Related forms
diddler, noun
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Historical Examples
  • The diddler approaches the bar of a tavern, and demands a couple of twists of tobacco.

  • "They keep the finest Port here you ever tasted," says the diddler.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • Were he not a diddler, he would be a maker of patent rat-traps or an angler for trout.

  • A diddler may thus be regarded as a banker in petto—a "financial operation," as a diddle at Brobdignag.

  • Many's the diddler who's passed a whole season thus, dead-heading it on the steamers of the Crescent City.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • Some grumble but all submit, and the diddler goes home a wealthier man by some fifty or sixty dollars well earned.

  • The brandy and water is furnished and imbibed, and the diddler makes his way to the door.

  • diddler is derived from the word diddle, to do—every body who has not yet made his debut to the Elephant.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • diddler's face wears the most gratified smile possible to be produced without teeth.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
  • There are but two ways about it—take to the highway, or become a diddler—a sponge—and, like woodcock, live on "suction."

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
British Dictionary definitions for diddler

diddle1

/ˈdɪdəl/
verb (informal)
1.
(transitive) to cheat or swindle
2.
(intransitive) an obsolete word for dawdle
Derived Forms
diddler, noun
Word Origin
C19: back formation from Jeremy Diddler, a scrounger in J. Kenney's farce Raising the Wind (1803)

diddle2

/ˈdɪdəl/
verb
1.
(dialect) to jerk (an object) up and down or back and forth; shake rapidly
Word Origin
C17: probably variant of doderen to tremble, totter; see dodder1
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Word Origin and History for diddler

diddle

v.

"to cheat, swindle," 1806, from dialectal duddle, diddle "to totter" (1630s). Meaning "waste time" is recorded from 1825. Meaning "to have sex with" is from 1879; that of "to masturbate" (especially of women) is from 1950s. More or less unrelated meanings that have gathered around a suggestive sound. Related: Diddled; diddling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for diddler

diddler

noun

A child molester; short eyes (1980s+ Prison)

diddle

verb

  1. (also diddle around) To waste time; idle; loaf (1825+)
  2. To cheat; swindle; victimize; scam (1806+)
  3. o alter illicitly or illegally; cook, doctor: But I thought Tommy must have diddled the phone records (1980s+)
  4. To do the sex act with or to; screw: Diddle your sister? Circle jerk? (1879+)
  5. (also diddle oneself) To masturbate (1950+)
  6. To insert a finger into a woman's vulva; fingerfuck (1960+)
  7. To correct or adjust a program in various small ways; tweak: I diddled the text editor to ring the bell before it deletes all your files (1980s+ computer)

[cheating sense said to be fr Jeremy Diddler, a character in the 1803 novel Raising the Wind, by James Kenney]

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