Quiddle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quiddle One who wastes his energy about trifles.
    • v. i Quiddle To spend time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in an indifferent or superficial manner; to dawdle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quiddle To spend or waste time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in a trifling or superficial manner; be of a trifling, time-wasting character.
    • quiddle To criticize.
    • n quiddle One who quiddles, or busies himself about, trifles. Also quiddler.
    • quiddle To quiver; shiver; tremble; creep, as live flesh: as, the fish were still quiddling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Quiddle kwid′l to spend time in trifling
    • n Quiddle one who does so
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. quid, what

Usage

In literature:

But for my part, I scorn this quiddling way of making money.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
The way to make a fortune is to turn off things quick, and not quiddle so over them.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
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