Definition of taradiddle in English:


(also tarradiddle)


  • 1A petty lie.

    ‘no sane person would make up such a taradiddle’
    • ‘"I dare say my nephew told you a good many taradiddles in his time."’
    • ‘The problem is that they have to deal with racing drivers on a regular basis, and if there's one thing you don't want if you have any intention of maintaining your mental stability, it's listening to the humgudgeon, half-truths, taradiddles, quarter-truths, fiddlesticks and non-truths of even one racing driver, never mind a gridful of the blighters.’
    • ‘Let us therefore avoid giving ear to a lot of taradiddles about our soldiers in the trenches.’
    • ‘I've been around the block enough times to know better than give credibility to these twisted taradiddles.’
    • ‘A trip up the Thames from Southend-On-Sea to the Houses of Parliament provides him with many fine opportunities to indulge in his own idiosyncratic brand of taradiddles and horseplay.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Pretentious nonsense.
      ‘this taradiddle from him about his new radio show’
      • ‘Her tarradiddle was of a nature that is usually considered excusable - at least with grown-up people; but, nevertheless, she would have been nearer to perfection could she have confined herself to the truth.’
      nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether, moonshine
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Late 18th century: perhaps related to diddle.