fid·​dly | \ ˈfi-dᵊl-ē How to pronounce fiddly (audio) \

Definition of fiddly

chiefly British
: requiring close attention to detail : fussy especially : requiring an annoying amount of close attention the tiny control buttons on the back are fiddly — M. J. McNamara

Examples of fiddly in a Sentence

connecting up all the wires and the other fiddly bits

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Just like the piano keys, these small accessories are composed of lots of fiddly bits that are easily squashed or separated. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "How well does Nintendo Labo cardboard hold up after a few weeks?," 3 May 2018 Analysts gripe that Renault’s alliance is too fiddly to value. The Economist, "Corporate citizens of somewhere," 22 Mar. 2018 The game comes with lots of fiddly stats to keep track of, requiring players to shove plastic cubes around its board constantly as part of some not-very-interesting bookkeeping. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "First Martians board game makes a powerful case for staying on Earth," 20 Jan. 2018 Preparing and maintaining qubits is a delicate and fiddly process, akin to classical computing in the days before silicon. The Economist, "Computer scienceMaking quantum computers reliable," 22 Feb. 2018 The carmaker has learned to be more nimble; Cruise has picked up how to make its fiddly technology robust enough for the open road. The Economist, "General Uber-MotorsGM takes an unexpected lead in the race to develop autonomous vehicles," 25 Jan. 2018 My first impression: close to greatness but just a tiny bit too fiddly and with one mechanism too many. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "The best board games we played at PAX Unplugged," 24 Nov. 2017 The public will never accept having to navigate a digital world by way of fiddly controls like a touchpad on the glasses themselves. Tim Bajarin, Time, "Apple Augmented Reality Could Eventually Solve the Google Glass Problem," 12 Sep. 2017 Whereas our diesel-powered long-term Nissan Titan XD pickup gives drivers an easy-to-read digital DEF gauge, the Rover forces owners to navigate a fiddly gauge-cluster menu that appears only when the vehicle is in its accessory power mode. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2016 Range Rover Td6 Diesel," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of fiddly

1926, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fiddly

chiefly British, informal : awkward or difficult to handle because of many small parts or details

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