1. to urinate.
|More Lyric Odes to the Royal Academicians VI 15: A pair of globes, so like the things, That dogs may go, and ’gainst them piddle.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Piddle, to make Water. A childish expression, Mammy I want to piddle.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).|
|‘Sam Booze’s Funeral’ Lummy Chaunter 87: One mourner piddled in his shoes, / Another hah’d his breeches.|
|‘Lord Bateman’s Long Jock’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 21: In his prison there grew a tree, / To which they chained him round the middle / For twenty years he could not move / Away from it, to go to piddle.|
|‘Nursery Rhymes’ in Pearl 5 Nov. 32: Said she, ‘Does it itch?’ / ‘It does, you damned bitch, / And burns like hell-fire when I peedle.’.|
|My Secret Life (1966) I 13: She sometimes held my little prick when I piddled.|
|Yvonne 20: It was always when she was enjoying the most delicious sensations, that this want to piddle came over her.|
|Nocturnal Meeting 113: Fancy your having the impudence to piddle down my back.|
|Bottom Dogs 229: Suddenly the nag bolted, came to a suredead halt and started to piddle.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 60: You run at her heels like a watchdog and you piddle everywhere.|
|Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 244: Send me up a blonde, a bedpan, and a violin — I don’t know whether I want to diddle, piddle or fiddle.|
|‘Cats on the Rooftops’ in Mess Songs & Rhymes of the RAAF 1: He doesn’t stop to take it out, he piddles through his nose.|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 113: Oh the black cat piddled in the white cat’s eye, / The white cat said, Gord blimey.|
|We Think The World Of You (1971) 60: Don’t let ’im piddle on ’em, for Gawd’s sake!|
|‘Spasticus Autisticus’ [lyrics] I widdle when I piddle.|
|Sky Ray Lolly 25: I was quite glad when Polly, next-door’s cat [...] ran up and piddled through our bannisters.|
|Woman Who Walked Into Doors 13: It was only a bucket with a fancy lid on it [...] Roger was determined that he was going to piddle into it.|
|Mystery Bay Blues 274: He gazed down at the cherub piddling away in the backyard below.|
|Guardian G2 10 Jan. 7: On-screen piddling has come out of the (water) closet.|
|‘The Meat Axe by the Kitchen Door’ in Passing Strange (2015) 5: She knows she needs to piddle.|
2. to rain, with an implication of drizzle rather than heavy rain.
|(con. 1950s) Death of an Irish Town 56: The ubiquitous lawn-sprinkler piddled on grey-brown grass.|
in juv. use, the genitals.
|Sixfold Sensuality 55: They used to kiss and play with each others piddlers.|
1. to waste time, to mess about.
|[||Toxophilus (1761) II 136: You cunninge archers [...] beinge verye Englishmen, neuer ceasynge piddelynge about theyr bowe and shaftes, whan they be well].|
|DN III:i 90: piddle, v. To waste one’s time. ‘He’s just piddlin’ around.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 11 Sept. 20/1: The kids piddling around in the attic.|
|Adventures of a Scholar Tramp 108: At one house I found an old man piddling around in the kitchen.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 153: I suppose there is a work of some kind somewhere that I should enjoy doing, [...] certainly piddling about in a Library is not it.letter 13 July in Thwaite|
|Bagombo Snuff Box (1999) 22: We can’t afford to piddle around.‘Thanasphere’|
|Mad mag. Summer 18: They didn’t waste time. They didn’t piddle. No messing around.|
|Huncke Reader (1998) 340: A lot of people who weren’t of the underworld were piddling around with the stuff [i.e. benzedrine].‘Oral History of Benzedrine’ in|
|Rumble Tumble 122: He wouldn’t work. Not really. He’d piddle here and there to pick up a few bucks.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Gambling Secrets of Nick The Greek 41: This [...] piddle-around action is the worst that can happen.|
3. to waste, to squander.
|DN III:viii 585: piddle, v. To waste one’s time in trifles.‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in|
|Far from the Customary Skies 166: We was only listenin’ for the hell of it. Piddlin’ time by, that’s all.|
lit. or fig., to wander, to go.
|Dark Hazard (1934) 159: One minute you were piddling along, winning a little, losing a little; then suddenly something hit you; you were a different man; your ‘luck was in’.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 204: We piddled along at the edge of the basin where everything was jumbled and tangled.|
to waste, to squander.
|Far from the Customary Skies 308: Ah’m gonna hold up my strength for when I get back on the farm, an’ ju’ piddle away time like these’ns.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 17: Piddling all your savings up against a pub wall.|
|Great Santini (1977) 277: High school coaches in the Deep South who usually regarded basketball as a bastard weak-kneed son who whined and piddled away the dark season between football and baseball.|
|More Tales of the City (1984) 93: We will not piddle away the rest of our days.|