• noun urine or an act of urination. Piddle is etymologically related to puddle and to piddling meaning insignificant or trifling. It has been used as the name of small rivers in county districts and seems to have had a colloquial meaning of ‘small water’ or ‘insignificant scrap’ before its narrowing to the modern sense during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • verb to urinate. A childish or humorous-sounding word, this is nonetheless one of Britain’s oldest ‘non-respectable’ words in current use.