October 11, 2022

Quiddle /verb / quid·​dle

The word quiddle is most commonly used as a verb to show the actions of dawdling or wasting time. Someone who quiddles is someone who moves slowly and idly and tends to procrastinate on tasks. Quiddle also appears in English, though less commonly, as a noun. When used as a noun, it refers to a fussy or fastidious person.

In a Sentence

The restaurant workers sat in the break room quiddling even though a long line of customers was waiting outside.

She was such a quiddler- going on and on about the poor service she received at the restaurant even after the restaurant manager refunded her meal and gave her a $100.00 gift card.

It makes no sense for me to quiddle when they have already taken the proper steps to resolve the issue independently.


The first recorded use of the word quiddle in English was around 1300. The word quiddle was an Old English term meant to idle away time. Interestingly, the phrase quid-diddle comes from Middle French quideller, which in turn was derived from Medieval Latinquidlingus. All three words originated as variants of the verb quadrillere, meaning "to card or to pasquinade." Today, quiddle is used as a verb and a noun with two different meanings. As a verb, it means to dawdle. As a noun, it refers to a fussy individual.


Dawdle, Fuss


Hurry, Tolerant


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