Jeremy Diddler
Diddler Did"dler, n. A cheat. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{Jeremy Diddler}, a character in a play by James Kenney, entitled ``Raising the wind.'' The name is applied to any needy, tricky, constant borrower; a confidence man. [1913 Webster] ||


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  • Jeremy Diddler — is a needy, artful swindler in James Kenney s 1803 farce Raising the Wind …   Wikipedia

  • Diddler — Did dler, n. A cheat. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] {Jeremy Diddler}, a character in a play by James Kenney, entitled Raising the wind. The name is applied to any needy, tricky, constant borrower; a confidence man. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • DIDDLER, JEREMY —    a needy, artful swindler in Kenny s farce of Raising the Wind …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • diddle — [19] The current meaning of diddle, ‘to cheat or swindle’, was probably inspired by Jeremy Diddler, a character who was constantly borrowing money and neglecting to repay it in James Kenney’s play Raising the Wind (1803) (the expression raise the …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • diddle — [19] The current meaning of diddle, ‘to cheat or swindle’, was probably inspired by Jeremy Diddler, a character who was constantly borrowing money and neglecting to repay it in James Kenney’s play Raising the Wind (1803) (the expression raise the …   Word origins

  • diddle — diddle1 [did′ l] vt. diddled, diddling [dial. duddle, diddle, to totter, akin to DODDER1] 1. Informal to move back and forth in a jerky or rapid manner; jiggle 2. Slang a) to have sexual intercourse with b) …   English World dictionary

  • diddle — verb informal 1》 cheat or swindle. 2》 N. Amer. waste time. 3》 vulgar slang, chiefly N. Amer. have sex with. Derivatives diddler noun Origin C19: prob. from the name of Jeremy Diddler, a character in the farce Raising the Wind (1803) who… …   English new terms dictionary

  • diddle — v. colloq. 1 tr. cheat, swindle. 2 intr. US waste time. Derivatives: diddler n. Etymology: prob. back form. f. Jeremy Diddler in Kenney s Raising the Wind (1803) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cross — (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise}, {Crux}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cross and pile — Cross Cross (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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