Meaning of diddums in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪdəmz/


informal British
  • Used to express commiseration to a child or, ironically, to an adult.

    • ‘Unfortunately, it's not on This Is London, but gems included her having to move from Islington to a ‘£200,000 flat in Ladbroke Grove’ - aww, diddums!’
    • ‘Oooh, did Daddy not give you enough pocket money this week - diddums!’
    • ‘Max may not say, ‘There, there, diddums, Mummy kiss it better.’’
    • ‘Aaah the poor diddums couldn't churn out more his tedious rubbish because he was worried about climate change and the polar bears disappearing!’
    • ‘‘Awww, well here you go diddums, you can have a free go’ she threw the ball at him, causing him to smile confidently when he caught it.’
    • ‘All right, then, let's have the standard reaction: ah, diddums, poor millionaires, did you work a whole four months?’
    • ‘Ooooh, diddums, we'll just have to wrap them up in cotton wool, little precious darlings!’
    • ‘The real question, runs the argument, is how the poor diddums English will manage.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, once in the poor diddums discovers that it's all a lie and wants out.’
    • ‘Trust me, diddums, nobody wants to make it a blockbuster night.’


Late 19th century from did 'em, i.e. ‘did they?’ (tease you, do that to you, etc.).