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fiddle

play
noun fid·dle \ˈfi-dəl\

Simple Definition of fiddle

  • : a dishonest way of getting money

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fiddle

  1. 1 :  violin

  2. 2 :  a device (as a slat, rack, or light railing) to keep objects from sliding off a table aboard ship

  3. 3 :  fiddlesticks —used as an interjection

  4. 4 [2fiddle] chiefly British :  swindle

Examples of fiddle in a sentence

  1. an expert with the fiddle

  2. arrested for a tax fiddle



Origin and Etymology of fiddle

Middle English fidel, from Old English *fithele, probably from Medieval Latin vitula


First Known Use: 13th century


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fiddle

verb fid·dle

Simple Definition of fiddle

  • : to play a violin

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fiddle

fiddled

fiddling

\ˈfid-liŋ, ˈfi-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to play on a fiddle

  3. 2 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>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to play (as a tune) on a fiddle

  6. 2 :  cheat, swindle

  7. 3 :  to alter or manipulate deceptively for fraudulent gain <accountants fiddling the books — Stanley Cohen>

fiddler

play \ˈfid-lər, ˈfi-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of fiddle in a sentence

  1. Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

  2. <the executive fiddled with a pen as she impatiently waited for the meeting to begin>



14th Century

First Known Use of fiddle

14th century



FIDDLE Defined for Kids

1

fiddle

play
noun fid·dle \ˈfi-dəl\

Definition of fiddle for Students

  1. :  violin




2

fiddle

play
verb fid·dle

Definition of fiddle for Students

fiddled

fiddling

  1. 1 :  to play on a fiddle

  2. 2 :  to move the hands or fingers restlessly <She kept fiddling with her ring.>

  3. 3 :  to spend time in aimless activity <They fiddled around and accomplished nothing.>

  4. 4 :  to change or handle in a useless way <He fiddled with the controls.>

  5. 5 :  to handle in a harmful or foolish way :  tamper <Someone has been fiddling with the lock.>

fiddler

\ˈfid-lər\ noun




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