fid·​dle-fad·​dle ˈfi-dᵊl-ˌfa-dᵊl How to pronounce fiddle-faddle (audio)
: nonsense
often used as an interjection

Word History


reduplication of fiddle (fiddlesticks)

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fiddle-faddle was in 1577

Dictionary Entries Near fiddle-faddle

Cite this Entry

“Fiddle-faddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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