Definition of taradiddle in English:


Syllabification: tar·a·did·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈtarəˌdidl
(also tarradiddle)


informal , chiefly British
  • 1A petty lie.
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    • Let us therefore avoid giving ear to a lot of taradiddles about our soldiers in the trenches.
    • "I dare say my nephew told you a good many taradiddles in his time."
    • A trip up the Thames from Southend-On-Sea to the Houses of Parliament provides him with many fine opportunities to indulge in his own idiosyncratic brand of taradiddles and horseplay.
  • 1.1Pretentious nonsense.
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    • Her tarradiddle was of a nature that is usually considered excusable - at least with grown-up people; but, nevertheless, she would have been nearer to perfection could she have confined herself to the truth.


late 18th century: perhaps related to diddle.

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