piddling

[pid-ling]
adjective
amounting to very little; trifling; negligible: a piddling sum of money.

Origin:
1550–60; piddle + -ing2


trivial, insignificant, paltry, picayune.
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piddle

[pid-l]
verb (used without object), piddled, piddling.
1.
to spend time in a wasteful, trifling, or ineffective way; dawdle (often followed by around ): He wasted the day piddling around.
2.
Informal. (especially of children and pets) to urinate.
verb (used with object), piddled, piddling.
3.
to waste (time, money, etc.); fail to utilize (usually followed by away ).

Origin:
1535–45; origin uncertain

piddler, noun
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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]
 
'piddler
 
n

piddling (ˈpɪdlɪŋ)
 
adj
informal petty; trifling; trivial
 
'piddlingly
 
adv

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piddle
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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Example sentences
He has never stopped piddling when he gets nervous or excited and as he gets
  older it is frustrating.
We ate our crackers, nuts, and other piddling snacks representing lunch.
He responded by naming one piddling novel that he'd remove.
Once every thousand entries they come across an error, a piddling five cents
  one way or the other.
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