noun fid·dle \ˈfi-dəl\

: a dishonest way of getting money

Full Definition of FIDDLE

:  violin
:  a device (as a slat, rack, or light railing) to keep objects from sliding off a table aboard ship
:  fiddlesticks —used as an interjection
[2fiddle] chiefly British :  swindle

Examples of FIDDLE

  1. an expert with the fiddle
  2. arrested for a tax fiddle

Origin of FIDDLE

Middle English fidel, from Old English *fithele, probably from Medieval Latin vitula
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with FIDDLE



: to play a violin

: to secretly change (something, such as information) in a harmful or dishonest way

fid·dledfid·dling \ˈfid-liŋ, ˈfi-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of FIDDLE

intransitive verb
:  to play on a fiddle
a :  to move the hands or fingers restlessly
b :  to spend time in aimless or fruitless activity :  putter, tinker <fiddled around with the engine for hours>
c :  meddle, tamper
d :  to make minor manual movements especially to adjust something <fiddled with the radio knobs>
transitive verb
:  to play (as a tune) on a fiddle
:  cheat, swindle
:  to alter or manipulate deceptively for fraudulent gain <accountants fiddling the books — Stanley Cohen>
fid·dler \ˈfid-lər, ˈfi-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of FIDDLE

  1. Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
  2. <the executive fiddled with a pen as she impatiently waited for the meeting to begin>

First Known Use of FIDDLE

14th century

Rhymes with FIDDLE

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