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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diddle mean? 

DIDDLE (verb)
  The verb DIDDLE has 2 senses:

1. deprive of by deceit
2. manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

  Familiarity information: DIDDLE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DIDDLE (verb)

Sense 1diddle [BACK TO TOP]


Deprive of by deceit

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


mulct; nobble; rook; scam; swindle; hornswoggle; gyp; goldbrick; gip; diddle; defraud; con; bunco; short-change; victimize

Context examples:

He swindled me out of my inheritance / She defrauded the customers who trusted her / the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change

Hypernyms (to "diddle" is one way to...):

cheat; chisel; rip off (deprive somebody of something by deceit)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "diddle"):

short; short-change (cheat someone by not returning him enough money)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Sentence example:

They diddle him of all his money

Sense 2diddle [BACK TO TOP]


Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


diddle; toy; fiddle; play

Context examples:

She played nervously with her wedding ring / Don't fiddle with the screws / He played with the idea of running for the Senate

Hypernyms (to "diddle" is one way to...):

manipulate (hold something in one's hands and move it)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "diddle"):

put out; retire (cause to be out on a fielding play)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

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