Adjective "diddly" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈdɪdlɪ//ˈdɪd(ə)lɪ/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Insignificant, trifling.

    noun

    Diddly-squat.

      Definitions

      1. a thing of little or no value; naught: Your excuses aren't worth diddly to me.

      2. a flaw; malfunction.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be diddly."

      Origin

      Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Newark Advocate. Origin uncertain. Perhaps compare diddle or diddle, or perhaps an alteration of tiddly. With use as noun compare diddly-squat.