diddles

diddle

1 [did-l]

Origin:
1800–10; perhaps special use of diddle2

diddler, noun
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diddle

2 [did-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.
a.
to copulate with.
b.
to practice masturbation upon.

Origin:
1800–10; expressive coinage, perhaps orig. in the Siamese twins diddle-diddle, diddle-daddle; cf. dodder1, doodle1

diddler, noun
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diddle1 (ˈdɪdəl)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to cheat or swindle
2.  (intr) an obsolete word for dawdle
 
[C19: back formation from Jeremy Diddler, a scrounger in J. Kenney's farce Raising the Wind (1803)]
 
'diddler1
 
n

diddle2 (ˈdɪdəl)
 
vb
dialect to jerk (an object) up and down or back and forth; shake rapidly
 
[C17: probably variant of doderen to tremble, totter; see dodder1]

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diddle
"to cheat, swindle," 1806, from dial. duddle, diddle "to totter" (1632). 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.
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