- The definition of a fiddle is an stringed musical instrument that is played with a bow, such as a violin.
An example of a fiddle is what the cat plays in the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle."
- To fiddle is defined as to play a violin, or to spend time doing something without a goal in mind.
- An example of to fiddle is to play the violin in a concert.
- An example of to fiddle is to pick up and look at each piece of jewelry in your jewelry box.
A little girl playing a fiddle.
fiddle definition by Webster's New World
- Informal any stringed instrument played with a bow, esp. the violin
- ☆ Slang a petty swindle
- Naut. a frame or railing on a ship's table to keep dishes, etc. from sliding off in rough weather
Origin: Middle English fithele ; from Old English ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form vitula ; from Classical Latin vitulari, to rejoice: vi- (; from Indo-European an unverified form woi-, wi-, outcry from source Old English wi, Classical Greek ia) plush uncertain or unknown; perhaps base of tollere, to raise, exalt
- Informal to play (a tune) on a fiddle
- Slang to swindle in a petty way
- Informal to play a fiddle
- to play or tinker (with), esp. in a nervous way
fiddle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A violin.b. A member of the violin family.
- Nautical A guardrail used on a table during rough weather to prevent things from slipping off.
- Informal Nonsensical, trifling matters: “There are things that are important/beyond all this fiddle” (Marianne Moore).
- The act or an instance of cheating or swindling; a fraud.
- To play a violin.
- a. To move one's fingers or hands in a nervous fashion.b. To occupy oneself in an aimless or desultory way: liked to fiddle with all the knobs and dials.c. To meddle or tamper: a reporter who fiddled with the facts.
- To commit a fraud, especially to steal from one's employer.
- To play (a tune) on a violin.
- To cheat or swindle.
- To alter or falsify (accounts, for example) for dishonest gain.
Origin: Middle English fidle, from Old English fithele.
- fidˈdler noun
fiddle - Cultural Definition
fiddle - Phrases/Idioms
fit as a fiddle