Also found in: Dictionary, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to diddle: doodle
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
  • verb

Synonyms for diddle

to get money or something else from by deceitful trickery

to pass time without working or in avoiding work

Synonyms for diddle

manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

References in periodicals archive ?
Told no again, Diddle Daddle waddles on, sits on a rock to rest, and then gets up and tries once more.
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE: Family show at Middlesbrough Theatre
The syncopated tune and open fourths and fifths of the piano part provide just the right setting for "Hey Diddle Diddle." "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" gleams over a running sixteenth-note piano figure in the right hand with a countermelody in the left that begin high on the keyboard.
"ALX can help promote broad public awareness of the vast education and training opportunities available through the association community," says Walt Diddle, CAE, executive director of the National Electrical Safety Foundation.
The system did indeed motor on pretty efficiently without him; perhaps his diddle time spared us from another Health Care Plan or two.
"I'm sure he'll be especially delighted with the picture Hey Diddle Diddle by Lacey Derstine.
With a hey diddle diddle I play my fiddle and dance all kinds of jigs ."
diddle, diddle," but the earliest printed version begins with a more astronomical adjective:
out into the night, once again, to some bar, and diddle a friend;
The networks, still "in denial" after the shock of this cable-born sucker punch to the very core of their existence, continue to diddle around with possible new variations on the dead old form - households made up of single mothers and their younger siblings, single fathers, more-bumbling-than-usual regular fathers, and so on.
Illustrated by Emma Schmid, "Hey Diddle Diddle" (9781786281784, $6.99, PB, 16pp) Hey diddle diddle, The cat and the fiddle, The cow jumped over the moon.
Nose rubs and love from Nathan, Annie and Diddle Diddle (Oscar).
Kevin Hutton's Dedi Diddle Dum can complete a hat-trick by getting first run on interesting rival Jaytee Genghis at 8.04, while kennelmate Jet Stream Jack should find the company he tackles at 8.19 a little less demanding than when running in the Trainers' Championship finale last week.
Tracks include rocking renditions of Richie Valens' Come On Let's Go, Johnny Burnette's Tear It Up, Freddie Cannon's Buzz Buzz A Diddle It and The Crickets' When You Ask about Love