Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nonsense.
  • intransitive v. To fritter away one's time; dally.

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  • n. nonsense

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trifle; trifling talk; nonsense.
  • intransitive v. To talk nonsense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To trifle; busy one's self with nothing; talk trifling nonsense; dawdle; dally.
  • n. Trifling talk; trifles. Also fiddle-cum-faddle and fidfad.
  • Trifling; making a bustle about nothing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. trivial nonsense

Etymologies

Reduplication of fiddle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Or are we just going to fiddle-faddle re-arranging the objects of our concern on that great addictive ship -- America?

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  • As you can see, I don't fuss with a doughnut cutter and holes and all that fiddle-faddle.

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  • All this wasted 2-step fiddle-faddle can come to a screeching halt.

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  • I was very pleased with my first attempt, bit of a fiddle-faddle, but tasted great.

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  • It's just more ridiculous fiddle-faddle perpetuating the conservative Big Lies they've been pimping since forever.

    rolling blackout

  • She drove over constantly from Roehampton and entertained her friend with faint fashionable fiddle-faddle and feeble Court slip-slop.

    Vanity Fair

  • Well might the merit of your passion be doubted, you say, if, like Mr. Solmes — fiddle-faddle! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Teutonic, Maltese, etc., are surely better subjects of conversation, than the weather, dress, or fiddle-faddle stories, that carry no information along with them.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • And then, we watched Fox Game day and ate a whole box of fiddle-faddle together.

    comes and goes

  • I need not remind you of the fiddle-faddle sentimentality that goes down so well with all women; you spill a few drops of water on your stationery, for instance; those are the tears you shed while far away from her.

    Father Goriot

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  • Fiddle-faddle, foolish man!-- what a pother is here!-- I guess how it is: you are ashamed to let us see what sort of people you carried your lady among!

    The false Lady Betty Lawrance, as quoted by Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    January 4, 2008