Definition of piddling in English:


(also piddly)


  • Pathetically trivial; trifling.

    ‘piddling little questions’
    • ‘Its images tumble, proliferate and cross-hatch; they are extravagant and loopy and defiantly enormous in their ambition, making everything else look petty and piddling.’
    • ‘It was just a piddling one-drop-a-second leak.’
    • ‘By today's apocalyptic standards that's piddling.’
    • ‘From June 1, however, a conviction for careless driving, no matter how piddling the offence, will see a driver almost half way to losing his or her licence.’
    • ‘Typically, beneficiaries of such class action suits get piddling sums, often nothing more than a discount on their next purchase.’
    • ‘I suppose I should do something sensible like invest some of this money for when I get back, if one can invest the piddling sums I'll have left after setting holiday and beer-in-England money aside.’
    • ‘That's why the Government was forced to make tax concessions in the Budget, piddling though they were.’
    • ‘He then called me to let me know that they had given him a piddling sum, barely worth mentioning.’
    • ‘And I think that they should have given her a bigger fine than $30,000, which seems an awful piddling fine to me.’
    • ‘Yes, it may only be a piddling little thing, compared with the potential threat to human rights represented by introduction of ID cards, and the suspension of habeas corpus.’
    • ‘They were aristocrats with little interest in piddling estates of 30 hides.’
    • ‘The $1.65 million penalty is piddling to the huge banks.’
    • ‘The play is to be perceived as a satire on big business, which these piddling rogues try to emulate and, in their puny way, supposedly mirror.’
    • ‘I get 25% of my own money back in cash, and the rest becomes a piddling annual income, on which I pay higher-rate tax.’
    • ‘I'm not talking about the piddling few hundred thousand salary and couple of million pay-off a fat-cat boss gets for destroying a company in record time and sacking all its workers.’
    • ‘This may be a piddling observation, but you can hardly whine when your own writers get your URL wrong - and you publish their mistakes.’
    • ‘In the higher reaches of the football world the amounts at issue would seem piddling, small change, barely a week's wages for a half - decent player at a senior club.’
    • ‘Expect piddling fines for players who will treat the loss as loose change and a couple of suspensions which will merely inconvenience coaches busy with their squad rotations.’
    • ‘Musicians cynically note the gigantic tax abatements the city offers to high tech firms, as compared with the piddling sums it is willing to invest in its pool of thousands of young artists.’
    • ‘They project their piddling little personalities, but they don't do their job, they are not acting.’
    unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, minor, of little account, of no account, of little consequence, of no consequence, of little importance, of no importance, not worth bothering about, not worth mentioning
    trivial, trifling, petty, footling, slight, small, insignificant, unimportant, inconsequential, inconsiderable, of little account, peripheral, subsidiary, negligible, worthless, useless
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