Fiddled with the collar of his shirt as he spoke.
Fiddled with the broken toaster.
A reporter who fiddled with the facts.
Fiddled the figures in the report.
An example of a fiddle is what the cat plays in the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle."
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.
That parameter setting is just a fiddle to make the lighting look right.
- to pass time aimlessly
- to waste (time)
- in excellent health; physically fit
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).