AskDefine | Define piddling

Dictionary Definition

piddling adj : (informal terms) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "Mickey Mouse regulations"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction" [syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, Mickey Mouse, niggling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]

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  1. present participle of piddle


  1. Insignificant, negligible, paltry, trivial, useless.
    After all the work I'd done, he gave me a piddling amount of money.

Extensive Definition

Piddle may refer to:

See also

piddling in Norwegian: Piddle

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Mickey Mouse, cheeseparing, chinchy, chintzy, cramped, dinky, exiguous, half-pint, infrequent, jerkwater, knee-high, limited, little, meager, measly, miserly, niggardly, niggling, one-horse, paltry, peanut, peddling, petite, pettifogging, petty, picayune, picayunish, piffling, pindling, pint-sized, poky, poor, punk, puny, rare, scant, scanty, scarce, scattered, scrimping, scrimpy, seldom met with, seldom seen, short, skimping, skimpy, slight, slim, small, small-beer, small-time, smallish, sparse, spotty, sprinkled, stingy, thin, tight, tinhorn, two-bit, two-by-four
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