Fiddle meaning

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(informal) Nonsensical, trifling matters.
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A violin, especially one used to play folk or country music.
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(nautical) A guardrail used on a table during rough weather to prevent things from slipping off.
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(chiefly british) An instance of cheating or swindling; a fraud.
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To play a fiddle.
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To touch or handle something in a nervous way.

Fiddled with the collar of his shirt as he spoke.

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To make unskilled efforts at repairing or improving.

Fiddled with the broken toaster.

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To meddle or tamper.

A reporter who fiddled with the facts.

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(chiefly british) To commit a fraud, especially to steal from one's employer.
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To play (a tune) on a fiddle.
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(chiefly british) To alter or falsify for dishonest gain.

Fiddled the figures in the report.

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(informal) Any stringed instrument played with a bow, esp. the violin.
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(slang) A petty swindle.
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(naut.) A frame or railing on a ship's table to keep dishes, etc. from sliding off in rough weather.
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(informal) To play (a tune) on a fiddle.
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(slang) To swindle in a petty way.
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(informal) To play a fiddle.
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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."

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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.

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To play or tinker (with), esp. in a nervous way.
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(music) Any of various bowed string instruments, often used to refer to a violin when played in any of various traditional styles, as opposed to classical violin.

When I play it like this, it's a fiddle; when I play it like that, it's a violin.

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A kind of dock (Rumex pulcher) with leaves shaped like the musical instrument.
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An adjustment intended to cover up a basic flaw.

That parameter setting is just a fiddle to make the lighting look right.

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A fraud; a scam.
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(nautical) On board a ship or boat, a rail or batten around the edge of a table or stove to prevent objects falling off at sea. (Also fiddle rail)
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You're fiddling your life away.

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To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc.

I needed to fiddle the lighting parameters to get the image to look right.

Fred was sacked when the auditors caught him fiddling the books.

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(music) To play traditional tunes on a violin in a non-classical style.
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fiddle around
  • to pass time aimlessly
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fiddle away
  • to waste (time)
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fit as a fiddle
  • in excellent health; physically fit
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fiddle

  • Middle English fidle from Old English fithele

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English fithele, from Old English fiðele. Cognate with Old High German fidula (German Fiedel), Old Norse fiðla (Icelandic fiðla, Danish fiddel, Norwegian fela), Middle Dutch vedele (Dutch veel, vedel).

    From Wiktionary