Jeremy Diddler

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Jeremy Diddler is a fictional character in James Kenney's 1803 farce Raising the Wind.

A needy, artful swindler, Jeremy Diddler has become a stock farce character, and the word "diddle" may be derived from him. The character of Jeremy Diddler is discussed in some detail in Herman Melville's The Confidence Man: His Masquerade.

He appears in Thomas Haynes Bayly's novel "David Dumps" (Chapter XV).


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.