Roald Dahl Word of the Week: time-twiddler




Plural: time-twiddlers

Definition: A time-twiddler is someone who lives for a very long time. Giants are ancient time-twiddlers who have been living for centuries.

Example: ‘Giants is never dying,’ the BFG answered … ‘Mostly us giants is simply going on and on like whiffsy time-twiddlers.’ – The BFG

Did you know? When someone twiddles their thumbs, they are bored because they have nothing to do, so perhaps time-twiddlers get bored a lot during their long lives and start twiddling their thumbs.


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