Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DAIDLE, v.3, tr. and intr. To fondle a child, to toss it (on the knee); used of the child: to be fondled or tossed. Known to Abd.2, Abd.9 1939. Also found in Der. dial. (E.D.D.). Sc. 1928  J. Wilson Hamespun 11:
As gloamin' fa's, she likes to knit, Or Betty's bairnie daidle.
Ags. 1896  J. M. Barrie Sentimental Tommy xxvii.:
In thae grite arms o' his he could daidle her as if she were an infant.
Lnk. 1922  T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 58:
Wee Tiddle-Toddle Daidlin' on my knee.

[Prob. of imit. origin: see note to Daidle, v.1 and n.2]

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