tarradiddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tarradiddle pretentious or silly talk or writing
    • n tarradiddle a trivial lie "he told a fib about eating his spinach","how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tarradiddle A fictitious account; a fib.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tarradiddle tar-a-did′l a fib, a lie.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
App. a coined word, the last part being the slang word diddle, to cheat.

Usage

In literature:

Father noticed that time, for he said: You little rogue, you tarradiddler!
"A Young Girl's Diary" by An Anonymous Young Girl
A tarradiddle is what you say when you are, so to speak, took by surprise.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
However, she won more by her impish tarradiddle than she had looked for.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
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