Definition of Twiddle

1. Noun. A series of small (usually idle) twists or turns.

Generic synonyms: Turn, Twist



2. Verb. Turn in a twisting or spinning motion. "The wooden sticks twiddle "; "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"
Exact synonyms: Swirl, Twirl, Whirl
Generic synonyms: Go Around, Revolve, Rotate
Derivative terms: Swirl, Twirl, Twirler, Whirl, Whirling

3. Verb. Manipulate, as in a nervous or unconscious manner. "He twiddled his thumbs while waiting for the interview"
Exact synonyms: Fiddle With
Generic synonyms: Manipulate
Derivative terms: Twiddler

Definition of Twiddle

1. v. t. To touch lightly, or play with; to tweedle; to twirl; as, to twiddle one's thumbs; to twiddle a watch key.

2. v. i. To play with anything; hence, to be busy about trifles.

3. n. A slight twist with the fingers.

Definition of Twiddle

1. Verb. (transitive) To wiggle, fidget or play with; to move around. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive computing) To flip or switch two adjacent bits. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive mathematics) To be in an equivalence relation with. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Twiddle

1. to play idly with something [v -DLED, -DLING, -DLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Twiddle

twi-reason
twi-tongued
twibil
twibill
twibills
twibils
twiblade
twice
twice-baked bread
twice-weekly
twice-yearly
twice removed
twicer
twicers
twichild
twiddle (current term)
twiddle one's thumbs
twiddled
twiddler
twiddler's syndrome
twiddlers
twiddles
twiddlier
twiddliest
twiddling
twiddly
twidle
twier
twiers
twifaced

Literary usage of Twiddle

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1. Outing; Sport, Adventure, Travel, Fiction by Poultney Bigelow, James Henry Worman, Ben James Worman, Caspar Whitney, Albert Britt (1884)
"THE twiddle TWINS. IT was a sultry August day. The sky was covered -with a thick blanket ... Mr. twiddle drove his wheel along with a faint and half-wilted ..."

2. The Counting-out Rhymes of Children: Their Antiquity, Origin, and Wide by Henry Carrington Bolton (1888)
"Perhaps twiddle 'um denotes "twiddle them." Compare Hood's " Stanzas on Coming of Age" ... Pin, pon, musket John, twiddle-cum, twaddle-cum, twenty- one. ..."

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