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American English: /ˈtwɪdl/
British English: /ˈtwɪd(ə)l/

Translation of twiddle in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • she twiddled the pencil between her fingers
    jugueteaba con el lápiz

intransitive verb

  • to twiddle with something
    juguetear con algo


  • 1.1 (act) I gave the knob a twiddle
    giré el botón
    1.2 (flourish, ornament)
    Example sentences
    • The table is short of curlicues and twiddles and fancy bits.
    Example sentences
    • In the anteroom, little knots of people emit a cacophony of twangs and twiddles while, in the adjacent baronial hall, by a framed portrait of our hero, Dickie Speake's band is limbering up.
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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