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1 [with object]
(usually be diddled
) cheat or swindle (someone) so as to deprive them of something:he thought he’d been diddled out of his change
deliberately falsify (something):he diddled his income tax returns 2 [no object]
chiefly North American pass time aimlessly or unproductively:why diddle around with slow costly tests?
) play or mess with:he diddled with the graphics on his computer
3 [with object] vulgar slang
, chiefly North American have sexual intercourse with (someone).
[originally in Scots dialect use in the sense 'jerk from side to side', apparently corresponding to dialect didder 'tremble']