verb transitiveWord forms: ˈdiddled or ˈdiddling
often followed by away
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Word origin of 'diddle'? after Jeremy Diddler, character in the play Raising the Wind (1803), by James Kenney: name prob. < dial. duddle, to trick, ult. < OE dyderian, to fool