Piddle Pid"dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Piddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Piddling}.] [Cf. dial. Sw. pittla to keep picking at, Sw. peta to pick.] 1. To deal in trifles; to concern one's self with trivial matters rather than with those that are important. --Ascham. [1913 Webster]

2. To be squeamishly nice about one's food. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. To urinate; -- child's word. [1913 Webster]

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