Definition of tiddler in English:



  • 1A small fish, especially a stickleback or minnow.

    • ‘After taking out some 20 tiddlers, the heron flapped off, only to be replaced by a kingfisher who calmly took another ten from all round my float before moving off.’
    • ‘Ralph has been a crazy-keen fisherman since the age of three when he used to go to the Zoo Lake just a block from our house, throw in a line and catch tiddlers.’
    • ‘So if the big fish are lost, there tends to be an explosion in the numbers of tiddlers, this not only stops any big fish from coming through, but also leads to increased predation on the prey fish.’
    • ‘Whilst Maggi and I each took good sized quality fish on each strike, each time Martin's turn on the rods came around, every fish was a tiddler of 10 or 15 lb!’
    • ‘No one has seen one jump and there is no sign of even tiddlers in the brown water.’
    • ‘I watched TV fishing ‘celebs’ catch everything from tiddlers to Tarpon.’
    • ‘Now fully healed, he tried his luck at fishing, and managed to catch a tiddler.’
    • ‘I go back to catching the tiddlers, wondering how many of them might make breakfast, and if they might not be just a little small and bony to be palatable.’
    • ‘The tank where that was effectively done ended up with twice the weight of fish compared to the one where the tiddlers were spared.’
    • ‘I could see from the way his sea rod bent right over that it was not an insignificant tiddler but, rather, something of worth.’
    • ‘The Lord Nelson angler persevered for five hours, but in the end could only catch a few tiddlers.’
    • ‘I was told off for catching tiddlers in the lake.’
    1. 1.1A young or unusually small person or thing.
      ‘she was only a little tiddler, ten years old’
      • ‘It was huge - not like the wild tiddlers we have at home.’
      • ‘Although still a tiddler in publishing terms, it stresses that it is not a one-author wonder and is building up a stable of big - sellers.’
      • ‘Once again, this proves that the tiddlers almost always beat the high-street names!’
      • ‘There are some other tiddlers too but we won't get involved in those.’
      • ‘Animation has come a long way since I was a tiddler way back in the last century.’
      • ‘But it isn't just the tiddlers of the telecom industry that are in trouble.’
      • ‘He added: ‘If this was 50 metres high, maybe there would be a point on the visual impact, but this is a tiddler.’’
      • ‘The Japanese manufacturer who, when it comes to cars, has made its name by thinking small rather than big, has this month launched another tiddler, but this one a five-door version.’
      • ‘This tiddler, this minnow of the money market should obviously be allowed to get bigger and swallow something bigger.’
      • ‘Now don't get me wrong, Susanna, I'm not defending our laws, but really, in comparison to laws in England, in comparison to laws in the United States, we're just tiddlers.’
      • ‘Just little tiddlers all of them, rain and dark cloud for about 20 minutes and then sunshine again.’
      • ‘Not only that, but if one of tiddlers outside the index started to do well, and get a bit bigger, then it would soon get added to the index.’
      • ‘Jo Haywood discovers that buying clothes for tiddlers, toddlers, tweenies and teens is child's play this season.’
      • ‘But, to the industry at least, the most important cars of 2005 will be the tiddlers.’


Late 19th century: perhaps related to tiddly or tittlebat, a childish form of stickleback.