twiddler

twiddle

[twid-l]
verb (used with object), twiddled, twiddling.
1.
to turn about or play with lightly or idly, especially with the fingers; twirl.
verb (used without object), twiddled, twiddling.
2.
to play or trifle idly with something; fiddle.
3.
to turn about lightly; twirl.
noun
4.
the act of twiddling; turn; twirl.
Idioms
5.
twiddle one's thumbs, to do nothing; be idle: Business was slack, and the salespeople were twiddling their thumbs.

Origin:
1530–40; perhaps blend of twitch and fiddle

twiddler, noun
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twiddle (ˈtwɪdəl)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by with)
1.  to twirl or fiddle (with), often in an idle way
2.  to do nothing; be unoccupied
3.  (intr) to turn, twirl, or rotate
4.  rare (intr) to be occupied with trifles
 
n
5.  an act or instance of twiddling
 
[C16: probably a blend of twirl + fiddle]
 
'twiddler
 
n

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twiddle
c.1540, "to trifle," of unknown origin; of the fingers, first recorded 1676. Fig. phrase twiddle one's thumbs "have nothing to do" is recorded from 1846; to twirl one's thumbs in the same sense is recorded from 1816.
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