diddle

Definitions

  • Hey! diddle, diddle
    Hey! diddle, diddle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v diddle manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination "She played nervously with her wedding ring","Don't fiddle with the screws","He played with the idea of running for the Senate"
    • v diddle deprive of by deceit "He swindled me out of my inheritance","She defrauded the customers who trusted her","the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Diddle To cheat or overreach.
    • v. i Diddle To totter, as a child in walking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diddle To toddle, as a child in walking; move rapidly up and down, or backward and forward; jog; shake.
    • diddle To cheat; overreach by deception; swindle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Diddle did′l to cajole, swindle
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Quotations

  • Dave Barry
    Dave Barry
    “I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer.”
  • Thomas Hood
    Thomas Hood
    “A certain portion of the human race has certainly a taste for being diddled.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. from AS. dyderian, to deceive, the letter r being changed to l

Usage

In literature:

He diddled you with that hocus-pocus, did he?
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
Diddle, Diddle Dumpling, my son John; Went to bed with his trousers on.
"Dramatized Rhythm Plays" by John N. Richards
Diddling the old fellows out of their money.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
Diddle-diddle-dee squeaked the fiddles.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
One, whom we see not, is; and one, who is not, we see; Fiddle, we know, is diddle; and diddle, we take it, is dee.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, and all that kind of thing.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
For, ye see, Gibson the builder diddled him owre the building o't.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
We knew "Onward Christian Soldiers," and "Hey Diddle, Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Like this: 'Life is re-al, life is ear-nest, tum te diddle dydle dum!
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
It hurt him the more that he had been, simply, diddled, no better than a child in Simmons' astute, practised hands.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
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In poetry:

I started off with a dump-diddle-dump,
(Oh, hell’s broke loose in Georgia!)
Skunk-cabbage growin' by the bee-gum stump,
(Whippoorwill, yo're singin’ now!)
"The Mountain Whippoorwill" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Says he, "does ta know whear they've gooan?"
Says aw, "Lad, pray, who does ta meean?"
"Them at th' hall," he replied, wi a grooan,
"They've bolted an diddled us cleean."
"To Let" by John Hartley
Now quicker the fiddle went deedle-dum-diddle;
the dog began to roar,
The cow and the horses stood on their heads;
The guests all bounded from their beds
and danced upon the floor.
"There Is An Inn, A Merry Old Inn" by J R R Tolkien
A nice distinction! . . . Well, life's good;
Just give me beer, rich greasy food,
And let me fiddle;
Enough of dull philosophy;
To-night we'll merry, merry be . . .
Hi-diddle-diddle.
"Dram-Shop Ditty" by Robert W Service
Now Liddisdale has ridden a raid,
But I wat they had better staid at hame;
For Mitchell o Winfield he is dead,
And my son Johnie is prisner tane?
With my fa ding diddle, la la dew diddle.
"Jock O The Side" by Andrew Lang
So the cat on his fiddle played hey-diddle-diddle,
a jig that would wake the dead:
He squeaked and sawed and quickened the tune,
While the landlord shook the Man in the Moon:
'It's after three!' he said.
"There Is An Inn, A Merry Old Inn" by J R R Tolkien

In news:

And we'll diddle around a little with the greatest Diddle of them all.
Diddle Arena, will be entering its 50th season as the home of WKU basketball in 2012-13, and WKU Athletics has planned a celebration that will span the entire upcoming season.
He was born in Pomeroy, Ohio, on July 14, 1952, and was the son of Opal E Miller Diddle and the late Bernard Jean Diddle .
As we're now all too keenly aware, even the grandest, most luxurious palaces may, with a gentle nudge (or alleged diddle), collapse into a mound of rubble, an ocean of despair.
Thurston Howell III, bumping and grinding, dirty dancing with you to Peaches' "Diddle My Skittle".
We don't know if Digg's Kevin Rose is diddling with us, but at a live session of the Diggnation show at South by Southwest he offered the scoop on the new iPhone 3.0 operating system, to be officially detailed on Tuesday.
Diddling around with the deal's details.
Diddle Arena since December 4.
All games are scheduled at E.A Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
So have you noticed I am a teensy bit hey diddle diddle about Becks new Song Reader.
This was the first official graduation under the renovated Diddle Arena.
WKU will hold an introductory pep rally at Diddle Arena Monday evening at 6 p.m. Ray Harper can officially remove the interim label from his title.
Those 16 teams not only bring a lot of excitement to Diddle Arena, but team members, parents, coaches, and fans also bring in quite a bit of tourism money.
Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, KY.
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