Meaning of diddly-squat in English:


(also doodly-squat)


informal usually with negative
  • Anything.

    ‘Hiram didn't care diddly-squat about what Darrel thought’
    • ‘Voting for these Bozos ain't gonna change diddly-squat - it's all more of the same.’
    • ‘In respect of getting rid of the private prison in Auckland there has been absolutely none - diddly-squat.’
    • ‘These six people want to be the next Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson, even if some of them don't know doodly about cooking (there was a woman on the other night who claimed to know loads about cooking, but thought spinach was basil).’
    • ‘But as you know and I know - making art pays doodly.’
    • ‘Blogs may be hip and trendy, but they don't do diddly-squat for most people's businesses.’
    • ‘In the developer lexicon, the word security - standing for a pain-in-the-butt speed bump that doesn't do diddly-squat for functionality - came to have no relevant place.’
    • ‘Squatting brings to mind that thing that dogs do before they do their dog's do; squat also means ‘short and thick, dumpy’ according to my dictionary; and diddly-squat is a more colourful phrase for naff all.’
    • ‘When I left Huckleberry I went back to Fife and it didn't matter diddly-squat what you did or if you played well.’
    • ‘Kind of makes up for doing diddly-squat over the weekend, I feel.’
    • ‘Just because my blood happened to be on a note in my neighbor's yard (albeit, dead neighbor) means diddly-squat.’
    • ‘I now know that whether you win or lose is really all about luck, and that studying all the form books in all the world won't get you diddly-squat - unless fortune is in your favour.’
    • ‘Now with email am I supposed to type for hours and still get diddly-squat?’
    • ‘The strawberries are cheap, even though they have travelled across the continent, because the pickers are paid diddly-squat.’
    • ‘I'd seen far too many T.V. shows to even think that that would do diddly-squat.’
    • ‘Lobbying the state legislatures to change the pay structure has done diddly-squat.’
    • ‘We are making money out of an asset that otherwise would be doing diddly-squat.’
    • ‘They forget that these browser things are just tools, and browsers are just windows onto the web, so a graceful XUL framework means diddly-squat to the innocent punter.’
    • ‘This regulator has failed the Irish aviation industry and is wasting taxpayers' money doing diddly-squat.’
    • ‘In truth, we know diddly-squat about what is just around the corner in terms of earnings, let alone what will happen over the long term.’
    • ‘It looks as though you're eating diddly-squat, but you end up carbo-loading like a triathlete before the race.’
    nothing, nil, nothing at all, not a single thing, not anything, none


1960s probably from US slang doodle ‘excrement’ + squat in the sense ‘defecate’.