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[pid-l] /ˈpɪd l/
verb (used without object), piddled, piddling.
to spend time in a wasteful, trifling, or ineffective way; dawdle (often followed by around):
He wasted the day piddling around.
Informal. (especially of children and pets) to urinate.
verb (used with object), piddled, piddling.
to waste (time, money, etc.); fail to utilize (usually followed by away).
Origin of piddle
1535-45; origin uncertain
Related forms
piddler, noun Unabridged
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  • The are some piddle devices that contain enzymes to signal the dog to go potty.
  • Should have spent more time monitoring this travesty instead of messing around with this piddle stuff.
British Dictionary definitions for piddle


(intransitive) (informal) to urinate
when tr, often foll by away. to spend (one's time) aimlessly; fritter
Derived Forms
piddler, noun
Word Origin
C16: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for piddle

1540s, "to peddle, to work in a trifling way," of uncertain origin, apparently a frequentative form. Meaning "to pick at one's food" is from 1610s; that of "urinate" is from 1796. Related: Piddled; piddler; piddling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for piddle



Urine (1901+)

  1. To urinate; pee: So you piddled on the floor. But you don't have to have your face wiped in it (1796+)
  2. To waste; idle: You just piddle the day away (1545+)

[a euphemism for piss]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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