Meaning of taradiddle in English:


(also tarradiddle)

Pronunciation /ˈtarəˌdɪd(ə)l/


  • 1British informal A petty lie.

    • ‘no sane person would make up such a taradiddle’
    • ‘Let us therefore avoid giving ear to a lot of taradiddles about our soldiers in the trenches.’
    • ‘"I dare say my nephew told you a good many taradiddles in his time."’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've been around the block enough times to know better than give credibility to these twisted taradiddles.’
    • ‘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.’
    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


Late 18th century perhaps related to diddle.