diddy

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Variant of titty. Attested from the late eighteenth century.

Noun[edit]

diddy (plural diddies)

  1. (slang) A woman's breast.
    • 1911, Joseph Campbell, Mearing Stones[1]:
      It’s what they call a roany bush. Well, it’s green now, but in a month’s time it’ll be as red as a fox’s diddy, and you wouldn’t know it for berries growing all over it.
    • 2015, Martha Long, Run, Lily, Run, →ISBN, page 155:
      They always have a big belly or a new babby hidden inside the shawl suckin on her diddy.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:diddy.
  2. (informal, Ireland, Britain) A fool, a tit.
    • 2004 September 9, Iain McFadzen, “Remake of Taxi pissing me off”, in CGTalk[2]:
      Hell, I almost regret editing out my original miss-spelling of the word 'literacy', since your sense of humour seems to be in need of some assistance, and that would have been a classic, one-off opportunity not only to make me look a right diddy, but to finally prove that Americans do understand irony.

Adjective[edit]

diddy (comparative diddier, superlative diddiest)

  1. (Britain, informal) very small, tiny
    • 1894, R. Brimley Johnson (ed.), Popular British Ballads Ancient and Modern[3], “Robbie Tamson’s Smiddie”:
      Me mither mend't me auld breeks, / But ay! but they were diddy;
    • 2013, Angela Woolfe, The Surprising Life of Charlie Glass (size 18 and a Bit), →ISBN, page 380:
      There's a pear orchard, and a knot garden, and a diddy little lake that's just big enough to swim in . . . hey, if the weather stays like this, we can have a dip tomorrow.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:diddy.
Synonyms[edit]

see Thesaurus:tiny

Etymology 2[edit]

Likely from Romani didikai; compare didicoy.

Noun[edit]

diddy (plural diddies)

  1. (Britain, slang) A gypsy.
    • 1943, Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, page 82:
      Real Gypsies despise them and call them ' diddikais — dirty diddies,' and half the sins laid at their door have been committed by these diddikais.
    • 2011, Mary Ellen Dennis, The Greatest Love on Earth, →ISBN, page 90:
      Last month a diddy told my fortune.
    • 2012, Curtis Evans, Masters of the "Humdrum" Mystery, →ISBN:
      To the typical genre reader a diddy would be, to borrow a term from John Dickson Carr, below suspicion.