fiddle with

Definition of fiddle with

1 :to move or handle (something) with the hands or fingers in a nervous way
  • She was nervously fiddling with her pencil as she waited for the test to start.
2 :to change or handle (something, such as the controls of a machine) in a way that shows one is not sure what to do
  • He was fiddling with the controls of the television, trying to get it to work.
3 :to change (something) in a harmful or foolish way
  • It became clear that someone had fiddled with the equipment.

Word by Word Definitions

fiddle play
  1. : violin

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

  3. : fiddlesticks

  1. : to play on a fiddle

  2. : to move the hands or fingers restlessly

  3. : to spend time in aimless or fruitless activity : putter, tinker


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