Fiddle definitions

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A violin, especially one used to play folk or country music.
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A guardrail used on a table during rough weather to prevent things from slipping off.
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Nonsensical, trifling matters.
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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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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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To alter or falsify for dishonest gain.

Fiddled the figures in the report.

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Any stringed instrument played with a bow, esp. the violin.
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A petty swindle.
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A frame or railing on a ship's table to keep dishes, etc. from sliding off in rough weather.
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To play a fiddle.
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To play or tinker (with), esp. in a nervous way.
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To play (a tune) on a fiddle.
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To swindle in a petty way.
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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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(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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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 kind of dock (Rumex pulcher) with leaves shaped like the musical instrument.
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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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Origin of fiddle

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).