adjective Date: 1559 trivial, paltry

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Piddling — Pid dling, a. Trifling; trivial; frivolous; paltry; applied to persons and things. [1913 Webster] The ignoble hucksterage of piddling tithes. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piddling — index inconsiderable, paltry, petty, puerile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • piddling — (adj.) insignificant, trifling, 1550s, pp. adjective from PIDDLE (Cf. piddle) …   Etymology dictionary

  • piddling — [adj] insignificant derisory, little, measly*, niggling*, paltry, peanut*, pettifogging*, petty, picayune, puny, trifling, trivial, unimportant, useless, worthless; concepts 575,789 Ant. important, major, significant …   New thesaurus

  • piddling — [pid′liŋ] adj. insignificant; trifling; petty …   English World dictionary

  • piddling — [[t]pɪ̱dəlɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Piddling means small or unimportant. [INFORMAL] ...arguing over piddling amounts of money. Syn: paltry …   English dictionary

  • piddling — mod. inadequate; meager; tiny. (See also piss poor; piddle.) □ What a piddling amount of money! I can’t live on that. □ That is a piddling steak. I want a big one …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Piddling — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piddling — /pid ling/, adj. amounting to very little; trifling; negligible: a piddling sum of money. [1550 60; PIDDLE + ING2] Syn. trivial, insignificant, paltry, picayune. * * * …   Universalium

  • piddling — adjective Insignificant, negligible, paltry, trivial, useless. After all the work Id done, he gave me a piddling amount of money …   Wiktionary

  • piddling — adjective small and unimportant: I can t be bothered with all these piddling details …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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