Definition of fiddle about
: to spend time in activity that does not have a real purpose They spent hours just fiddling about when they should have been working.
Word by Word Definitions
: a device (as a slat, rack, or light railing) to keep objects from sliding off a table aboard ship
: to play on a fiddle
: to move the hands or fingers restlessly
: to spend time in aimless or fruitless activity : putter, tinker
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