piddle around


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 ).

1535–45; origin uncertain

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piddle (ˈpɪdəl)
vb (when tr, often foll by away)
1.  informal (intr) to urinate
2.  to spend (one's time) aimlessly; fritter
[C16: origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

1545, "to peddle, to work in a trifling way," of uncertain origin, apparently a frequentative form. Meaning "to pick at one's food" is from 1620; that of "urinate" is from 1796. Piddling (adj.) "insignificant, trifling" is from 1559.
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