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piddle

1. slang To urinate. A euphemistic term typically said by, of, or to children. Mommy, I need to go piddle! Samantha, please don't let the dog piddle in the house!
2. slang To waste time idly or aimlessly. Almost always followed by "around." Stop piddling around and get to work! We were supposed to be working on our essays, but we just piddled around for most of the day.

piddle around

To waste time idly or aimlessly. Almost always followed by "around." Stop piddling around and get to work! We were supposed to be working on our essays, but we just piddled around for most of the day.
See also: around, piddle

piddle away

To waste or use up something recklessly, carelessly, or foolishly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "piddle" and "away." He piddled away his entire inheritance on drugs, gambling, and sports cars. We can't piddle our time away if we want to get this finished by the deadline!
See also: away, piddle

piddling

1. noun, slang An act or instance of urinating, especially when or where it is inappropriate. Our dog still has problem with piddling in the house, even though we've been trying to house-train him for months. Jack has a bad habit of public piddling whenever he has too much to drink.
2. noun, slang An act, instance, or habit of loafing, time-wasting, or procrastinating. There was so much piddling and dawdling going on in the office that it's a wonder we got anything done at all. Johnny has turned piddling into something of a career, drifting from job to job and collecting as many paychecks as he can while doing as little work as possible.

piddle around

Fig. to waste time doing little or nothing. Stop piddling around and get busy. I'm not piddling around. I am experimenting.
See also: around, piddle

piddle something away

Fig. to waste away money or a period of time. Please don't piddle all your money away. Jane piddled away most of the day.
See also: away, piddle

piddle

1. in. to urinate. (Said of children and pets.) Please, Jimmy, don’t piddle on the floor.
2. n. urine. Don’t step in the puppy’s piddle.
3. Go to piddle (around).

piddle (around)

in. to waste time; to work aimlessly or inefficiently. Can’t you get serious and stop piddling?
See also: around, piddle

piddle

verb

piddling

mod. inadequate; meager; tiny. (see also piss-poor, piddle.) That is a piddling steak. I want a big one.
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