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  • n. One who plays the fiddle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who plays on a fiddle or violin.
  • n. A burrowing crab of the genus Gelasimus, of many species. The male has one claw very much enlarged, and often holds it in a position similar to that in which a musician holds a fiddle, hence the name; -- called also fiddler crab, calling crab, soldier crab, and fighting crab.
  • n. The common European sandpiper (Tringoides hypoleucus); -- so called because it continually oscillates its body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who plays a fiddle, violin, or some similar instrument; a violinist.
  • n. A sixpence.
  • n. In the United States, a fiddler-crab.
  • n. The common sandpiper, Tringoides hypoleucus, so called from its habit of balancing the body as if on a pivot.
  • n. A fish, Trygonorhina fasciata, a member of the family Rhinobatidæ.

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

  • n. someone who manipulates in a nervous or unconscious manner
  • n. a musician who plays the violin
  • n. an unskilled person who tries to fix or mend


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Twelfth day the fiddler lays his head in the lap of some one of the wenches, and the _mainstyr fiddler_ asks who such a maid, or such a maid, naming all the girls one after another, shall marry, to which he answers according to his own whim, or agreeable to the intimacies he has taken notice of during the time of merriment, and whatever he says is absolutely depended upon as an oracle; and if he couple two people who have an aversion to each other, tears and vexation succeed the mirth; this they call "cutting off the fiddler's head," for after this he is dead for a whole year.

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  • Power of Music, "the street-corner fiddler is identified in the poem's opening line as" An Orpheus!

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  • She calls the fiddler, and the bass player, and the drummer, and dancers, and whoever else is around, to do their one thing, make their one contribution to the bigger sound.

    Expecting Rain

  • Despite their propensity for dishonesty, the name fiddler crab comes from the fact that while waving their big claw to attract females they look like they are playing the violin.

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  • I had been to many picnics there and in gratitude called my fiddler by its name:

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  • The author of the post is cool, he wrote a program I use a lot called fiddler,

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  • The fiddler was a boy of those parts, about twelve years of age, who had a wonderful dexterity in jigs and reels, though his fingers were so small and short as to necessitate a constant shifting for the high notes, from which he scrambled back to the first position with sounds not of unmixed purity of tone.

    Wessex Tales

  • The fiddler was the first to set out on his adventures, and did so in the best of spirits and full of courage.

    The Green Fairy Book

  • Of all the hypercritical duffers the fiddler was the worst.

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  • Then if anybody was ever down in the dumps the fiddler was the fellow.

    The Wonder Clock


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