Definition of twiddle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

twiddle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪdl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they twiddle
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪdl//
 
he / she / it twiddles
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪdlz//
 
past simple twiddled
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪdld//
 
past participle twiddled
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪdld//
 
-ing form twiddling
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪdlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪdlɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [intransitive, transitive] to twist or turn something with your fingers often because you are nervous or bored twiddle with something He twiddled with the radio knob until he found the right programme. twiddle something She was twiddling the ring on her finger.
  • Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘trifle’): apparently imitative, combining the notion twirl or twist with that of trifling action expressed by fiddle.Idioms
    1. 1to move your thumbs around each other with your fingers joined together
    2. 2to do nothing while you are waiting for something to happen
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: twiddle

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