Definition of piddle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪd(ə)l/


[no object]
Example sentences
  • Finally, Mattie was amazed when a German Shepherd jumped across his fence and piddled in his front garden. Two minutes later his dog did the same thing.
  • He added: ‘It went really well considering we set up cameras in a milking parlour and only one cow piddled on someone.’
  • However, we find she has piddled on the bed, which is her particular place, again suggesting that she is feeling insecure about her tenure of the house.


[in singular]
1An act of urinating.
Example sentences
  • Since I was awake at that hour, I decided to take advantage of that and do a nighttime piddle, and she tried to ensure that I didn't forget she was around by staying fairly glued to my feet.
  • As I prepared for a piddle in the gloom, a voice from within an open cubicle warned: ‘It's flooded, mate.’
  • At noontime I let Gus out for a piddle, without attending on him, much less leashing him.
1.1 [mass noun] Urine.
Example sentences
  • I have finally picked myself up off the floor, wiped the tears from my eyes, cleaned up the puddle of piddle, iced the bruised knees, stitched my side…
  • Since the average crew lands after a 35-plus hour sortie with more than 80 full piddle packs and a full toilet, the Flight Safety office is pursuing a local modification to the toilet.
  • It may be nasty, but when else will we ever get to see a man eat a snow cone soaked in his own piddle?

Phrasal verbs

piddle about/around

informal Spend time in trifling activities; potter: I piddled around the house all day
More example sentences
  • Even better, all her daughter's piddling around the house had freed mother's time up to spend it alone reading her magazines.
  • The diagrams and the whole business that I got the Nobel Prize for came from that piddling around with the wobbling plate.
  • Art gives me a lot of pleasure, both looking at it and piddling around myself.



noun informal
Example sentences
  • Hopefully, female piddlers will be included on the agenda.
  • Grandma says that life is too short to fret about what every piddler and diddler farting around the plaza thinks.
  • He was not a lazy man, another settler reported, but ‘a tinkler - a piddler - always doing but doing nothing great.’


Mid 16th century: probably from a blend of piss and puddle.

Words that rhyme with piddle

fiddle, griddle, kiddle, Liddell, middle, riddle, twiddle
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