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fiddle

play
noun fid·dle \ˈfi-dəl\

Definition of fiddle

  1. 1 :  violin

  2. 2 :  a device (such 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

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Origin and Etymology of fiddle

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


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fiddle

verb fid·dle

Definition of fiddle

fiddled

;

fiddling

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

  3. 2a :  to move the hands or fingers restlesslyb :  to spend time in aimless or fruitless activity :  putter, tinker fiddled around with the engine for hoursc :  meddle, tamperd :  to make minor manual movements especially to adjust something fiddled with the radio knobs

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

  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

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First Known Use of fiddle

14th century



FIDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

fiddle

play
noun

Definition of fiddle for English Language Learners

  • : a dishonest way of getting money

fiddle

verb

Definition of fiddle for English Language Learners

  • : to play a violin

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


FIDDLE Defined for Kids

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fiddle

play
noun fid·dle \ˈfi-dəl\

Definition of fiddle for Students

  1. :  violin


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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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