American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A violin.
- n. A member of the violin family.
- n. Nautical A guardrail used on a table during rough weather to prevent things from slipping off.
- n. Informal Nonsensical, trifling matters: "There are things that are important/beyond all this fiddle” ( Marianne Moore).
- n. The act or an instance of cheating or swindling; a fraud.
- v. To play a violin.
- v. To move one's fingers or hands in a nervous fashion.
- v. To occupy oneself in an aimless or desultory way: liked to fiddle with all the knobs and dials.
- v. To meddle or tamper: a reporter who fiddled with the facts.
- v. To commit a fraud, especially to steal from one's employer.
- v. To play (a tune) on a violin.
- v. To cheat or swindle.
- v. To alter or falsify (accounts, for example) for dishonest gain.
- fiddle away To waste or squander: fiddled away the morning with unnecessary tasks.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical stringed instrument of the viol class; a violin. See viol, violin, crowd. This is the proper English name, but among musicians it has been superseded by violin, the name fiddle, except in popular language, being used humorously or in slight contempt.
- n. Nautical, a contrivance to prevent things from rolling off the table in bad weather. It is made of small cords passed through wooden bridges and hauled very taut. Same as rack.
- n. In wool-carding, an implement used in Yorkshire, England, for smoothing the points of card-clothing and dislodging dirt from among the teeth. It consists of a piece of emery-covered cloth stretched between two end-pieces of wood connected by a curved handle.
- n. In an orchestra, to take the part of the first (or second) violinplayer.
- n. Hence— To take a leading (or subordinate) part in any project or undertaking.
- To play upon the fiddle or violin or some similar instrument.
- Hence To scrape, as one stretched string upon another.
- To play (upon), in a figurative sense.
- To move the hands or other objects over one another or about in an idle or ineffective way.
- To be busy with trifles; trifle; do something requiring considerable pains and patience without any adequate result.
- To play on, in a figurative sense.
- To play (a tune) on a fiddle.
- n. In ceramics, a rack in which pieces of ware that have been dipped in liquid glaze are placed to drain.
- n. A piece of wood by which the guy-ropes of a tennis-net are stretched to keep them taut.
- n. music Any of various bowed string instruments, often used to refer to a violin when played in any of various traditional styles, as opposed to classical violin.
- n. An adjustment intended to cover up a basic flaw.
- n. fraud
- n. nautical On board a ship or boat, a rail or batten around the edge of a table or stove to prevent objects falling off at sea. (Also fiddle rail)
- v. To play aimlessly.
- v. To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc.
- v. music To play traditional tunes on a violin in a non-classical style.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A stringed instrument of music played with a bow; a violin; a kit.
- n. (Bot.) A kind of dock (Rumex pulcher) with fiddle-shaped leaves; -- called also
- n. (Naut.) A rack or frame of bars connected by strings, to keep table furniture in place on the cabin table in bad weather.
- v. To play on a fiddle.
- v. To keep the hands and fingers actively moving as a fiddler does; to move the hands and fingers restlessy or in busy idleness; to trifle.
- v. To play (a tune) on a fiddle.
- v. commit fraud and steal from one's employer
- v. play the violin or fiddle
- v. manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
- v. play on a violin
- v. play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
- v. avoid (one's assigned duties)
- n. bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow
- v. try to fix or mend
- From Middle English fithele, from Old English fiðele. Cognate with Old High German fidula (German Fiedel), Old Norse fiðla (Icelandic fiðla, Danish fiddel, Norwegian fela), Middle Dutch vedele (Dutch veel, vedel). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fidle, from Old English fithele. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The two ran through songs from Sleep With One Eye Open, their recently released album of traditional bluegrass music, and also took requests from the audience during a section of the show they called "fiddle tune request song.”
“With the Joker playing main fiddle, the villains could be endless.”
“But I guess playing political second fiddle is humiliating enough.”
“No, that about the fiddle is not quite what I mean," she thought, running up the steps and feeling in her bag for the key – she'd forgotten it, as usual – and rattling the letter-box.”
“He took out his fiddle from a highly polished box.”
“It was well enough when I was at the head, but now second fiddle is slow.”
“I want to buy a violin," he began, knowing that in polite musical circles the word fiddle was taboo.”
“The word fiddle didn't always have this folksy connotation.”
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“Now when Tom refers to a "fiddle in the wings," a string instrument intones.”
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