piddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v piddle eliminate urine "Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug"
    • v piddle waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
    • n piddle liquid excretory product "there was blood in his urine","the child had to make water"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Piddle To be squeamishly nice about one's food.
    • Piddle To deal in trifles; to concern one's self with trivial matters rather than with those that are important.
    • Piddle To urinate; -- child's word.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • piddle To deal in trifles; spend time in a trifling way or about trifling or unimportant matters; attend to trivial concerns, or to the small parts rather than to the main; trifle.
    • piddle To pick at table; eat squeamishly or without appetite.
    • piddle To make water; urinate: a childish word.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Piddle pid′l to deal in trifles: to trifle: to eat with little relish: to make water
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. dial. Sw. pittla, to keep picking at, Sw. peta, to pick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Peddle.

Usage

In literature:

With this he left us piddling; then within a quarter of an hour came back, and told us the pope-hawk is now to be seen.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Now it's no good going on piddling and peddling in such a case as this; is it now, Sir Thomas?
"Castle Richmond" by Anthony Trollope
With this he left us piddling; then within a quarter of an hour came back, and told us the pope-hawk is now to be seen.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
I know I used to go to the house with my mother and piddle around.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
I piddle around all the time working now.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
I'm through letting dad pay me for piddling around here.
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
Dem old 'omans looked atter de babies and piddled 'round de yards.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I come to town and stayed about two weeks, piddling around to git along.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
She's got a new toy to piddle with, an' it's a whoppin' big un.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
My mother used to call it 'piddling.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
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In poetry:

turned on his heel. Rough laughter scoured
his reddening neck. The poet roared
"Run home, and take that face that soured
your mother's lovely milk from spite.
Piddle on what you cannot write."
At home alone the critic poured
"Critics Nightwatch" by Gwen Harwood

In news:

It's Vomit 2, Piddle 3.
President, Let’s Not Piddle Around.
Season's first big storm turned out to be a piddling puddle.
The season's first big storm turned out to be a piddling puddle.
The Crisis of the Upper-Middle Class: Big Pay Is Piddling in New York.
They piddle around while they eat breakfast, do homework and chores.
After last week's piddling performance, last night's episode showed that perhaps the chefs are starting to hit their stride on a competition that has, up until now, been fraught with perilous highs and lows.
The 21st season of the award winning play, " Come Home , It's Suppertime" will begin tonight at the We Piddle Around Theater with a cast and crew of 50 and will close on Nov 17.
When I open the door it's over, so I set to piddling: tidy end tables, check the mail, draw a bath.
While congressional Republicans have adopted the stance of the pit bull, Democratic party leaders have been sent whimpering and piddling to the sidelines like lapdogs in virtually every debate over the future of this country.
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