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Diddle (plural Diddles)
  1. (music) In percussion, two consecutive notes played by the same hand (either RR or LL), similar to the drag, except that by convention diddles are played the same speed as the context in which they are placed
  2. (slang, childish) The penis.


Diddle (third-person singular simple present Diddles, present participle diddling, simple past and past participle diddled)

  1. (transitive) to cheat; to swindle
  2. (transitive) to have sex with
  3. (transitive) to masturbate (especially of women)
  4. (transitive) to waste time



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From dialectal duddle, "to trick" (16th century), "to totter" (17th century); perhaps influenced by the name (which itself was probably chosen as an allusion to duddle) of the swindling character Jeremy Diddler in Kenney's Raising the Wind (1803). Meaning "to have sex with" is from the 19th century, "to masturbate" is 1950's.


  • Rhymes: -ɪdəl
Examples (music)
Single Paradiddle File:16 single paradiddle.gif
Double Paradiddle File:17 double paradiddle.gif
Triple Paradiddle File:18 triple paradiddle.gif
Paradiddle-Diddle File:19 paradiddle diddle.gif


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