Definition of diddle in English:
- He was diddled out of his legacy, started with nothing but red ink in Adelaide, and now owns half the world.
- We share part of the journey along her local high street and she points to the shop where she was diddled out of £15 when buying a pair of flip-flops - she was too timid to go back and challenge staff after discovering she'd been short-changed.
- Disgust and anger were widespread in the labour movement this week as more workers were diddled out of their entitlements in a corporate sleight-of-hand.
- A quick glance at the digital car clock told him that it was currently 9: 30 pm; they had spent a long time diddling around the studio without noticing the time flying by.
- How many bad fantasy and horror movies does a person have to see to realize diddling around with this kind of stuff is a bad idea?
- So I've been diddling about with the audio from my Arkansas trip.
early 19th century: probably from the name of Jeremy Diddler, a character in the farce Raising the Wind (1803) by the Irish dramatist James Kenney (1780–1849). Diddler constantly borrowed and failed to repay small sums of money: the name may be based on an earlier verb diddle 'walk unsteadily'.
In the farce Raising the Wind ( 1803) by the Irish dramatist James Kenney, the character Jeremy Diddler constantly borrows and fails to repay small sums of money. The informal term diddle, ‘to swindle or cheat’, appeared soon after the play's production, and is probably testimony to the impact the character made. The name Diddler may be based on an earlier word diddle (more often daddle) meaning ‘to walk unsteadily’.
- Example sentences
- It has become the profession of public office seekers, title hunters, social pushers, dollar diddlers, mountebanks and cads.
- Some are kiddie diddlers, those so unhappy, so hungry, they're willing to take that repeated fatal risk.
- With a little more prudence Dick Turpin would have made a good diddler.
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