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twiddle

División en sílabas: twid·dle
Pronunciación: /ˈtwidl
 
/

Definición de twiddle en inglés:

verbo

[with object]
1Twist, move, or fiddle with (something), typically in a purposeless or nervous way: she twiddled the dials on the radio [no object]: he began twiddling with the curtain cord
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • My dad started, twiddling his fingers nervously.
  • I slouch down in my seat, twiddling my fingers nervously.
  • She was nervously twiddling a pen between her fingers.
Sinónimos
turn, twist, swivel, twirl;
adjust, move, jiggle;
fiddle with, play with
1.1 [no object] archaic Turn or move in a twirling way.

sustantivo

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An act of twisting or fiddling with something: one twiddle of a button
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • The evolutionists just give the knobs of the ‘mechanism’ a twiddle here and there to ‘explain’ the data.
  • With darker or lighter, this is easily done at the twiddle of a knob.

Origen

mid 16th century (in the sense 'trifle'): apparently imitative, combining the notion twirl or twist with that of trifling action expressed by fiddle.

Frases

twiddle one's thumbs

1
Rotate one’s thumbs around each other with the fingers linked together.
Example sentences
  • ‘Well, you followed me,’ Trent pointed out with a smile, twiddling his thumbs together as he made himself more comfortable on the ground.
  • ‘He says some b-b-bad things to me sometimes,’ Jamie said twiddling his thumbs together nervously.
  • She began twiddling her thumbs together and staring at the wall ahead of her.
1.1Be bored or idle because one has nothing to do.
Example sentences
  • Everyone sat around looking embarrassed and twiddling their thumbs as usual.
  • If I didn't come here in the night, I'd be sitting around at home, twiddling my thumbs and thinking about going to a real bar.
  • All that sitting around twiddling my thumbs, and pretty soon even the dishes seemed like an interesting option.
Sinónimos
be idle, do nothing, kill time, waste time, hang around, stand/sit around
informal futz around

Derivados

twiddler

1
Pronunciación: /ˈtwidlər, ˈtwidl-ər/
sustantivo
Example sentences
  • The production is functional but uninspiring, the knob - twiddlers unwilling to sail into any waters that might look dangerous or - perish the thought - exciting.
  • Every single news organisation is critical of him and his band of thumb twiddlers.
  • The result is a very creative album that effectively blends the sounds of two obviously talented knob twiddlers - experts, even.

twiddly

2
Pronunciación: /ˈtwidlē, ˈtwidl-ē/
adjetivo
Example sentences
  • Could you just sing the tune of the hymn rather than the hundred and fifty-seven little twiddly bits?
  • I had a peek at the control panel on the camera while the radiologist was out looking at the first set of snaps: huge, chunky, twiddly dials that looked as though they came from the first nuclear power plant.
  • He can get a bit boring, because over and over again, it's the same tune with more twiddly bits.

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