Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Were he not a diddler, he would be a maker of patent rat-traps or an angler for trout.

"They keep the finest Port here you ever tasted," says the Diddler.

A diddler may thus be regarded as a banker in petto—a "financial operation," as a diddle at Brobdignag.

Some grumble but all submit, and the diddler goes home a wealthier man by some fifty or sixty dollars well earned.

There are but two ways about it—take to the highway, or become a Diddler—a sponge—and, like woodcock, live on "suction."

Diddler is derived from the word diddle, to do—every body who has not yet made his debut to the Elephant.

Many's the Diddler who's passed a whole season thus, dead-heading it on the steamers of the Crescent City.

Diddler's face wears the most gratified smile possible to be produced without teeth.

The diddler approaches the bar of a tavern, and demands a couple of twists of tobacco.

The brandy and water is furnished and imbibed, and the diddler makes his way to the door.