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1. (informal) small and of little importance;
- Example: "a fiddling sum of money"
- Example: "a footling gesture"
- Example: "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"
- Example: "a little (or small) matter"
- Example: "a dispute over niggling details"
- Example: "limited to petty enterprises"
- Example: "piffling efforts"
- Example: "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
[syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Peddling \Ped"dling\, a. 1. Hawking; acting as a peddler. [1913 Webster] 2. Petty; insignificant; trifling; paltry; piddling; -- now less common than piddling. "The miserable remains of a peddling commerce." --Burke. Syn: petty; insignificant; trifling; paltry; piddling. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Piddling \Pid"dling\, a. Trifling; trivial; frivolous; paltry; -- applied to persons and things. [1913 Webster] The ignoble hucksterage of piddling tithes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Piddle \Pid"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Piddled; p. pr. & vb. n. Piddling.] [Cf. dial. Sw. pittla to keep picking at, Sw. peta to pick.] 1. To deal in trifles; to concern one's self with trivial matters rather than with those that are important. --Ascham. [1913 Webster] 2. To be squeamishly nice about one's food. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 3. To urinate; -- child's word. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

61 Moby Thesaurus words for "piddling": Mickey Mouse, cheeseparing, chinchy, chintzy, cramped, dinky, exiguous, half-pint, infrequent, jerkwater, knee-high, limited, little, meager, measly, miserly, niggardly, niggling, one-horse, paltry, peanut, peddling, petite, pettifogging, petty, picayune, picayunish, piffling, pindling, pint-sized, poky, poor, punk, puny, rare, scant, scanty, scarce, scattered, scrimping, scrimpy, seldom met with, seldom seen, short, skimping, skimpy, slight, slim, small, small-beer, small-time, smallish, sparse, spotty, sprinkled, stingy, thin, tight, tinhorn, two-bit, two-by-four