Definitions for fiddleˈfɪd l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fid•dleˈfɪd l(n.; v.)-dled, -dling.

  1. (n.)a musical instrument of the viol family.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: violin .

  3. a barrier to keep dishes, pots, utensils, etc., from sliding off a ship's table.

    Category: Nautical

  4. Informal.a swindle; fraud.

    Category: British, Informal

  5. (v.i.)to play the fiddle.

    Category: Music and Dance

  6. to make fussing movements with the hands (often fol. by with).

  7. to manipulate something; tinker (often fol. by with).

  8. to waste time; dally (often fol. by around).

  9. to cheat.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, British, Informal

  10. (v.t.)to play (a tune) on a fiddle.

    Category: Music and Dance

  11. to trifle or waste (usu. used with away):

    to fiddle time away.

  12. Informal. to falsify (accounts). to contrive by cheating.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, British, Informal

Idioms for fiddle:

  1. (as) fit as a fiddle,in perfect health.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of fiddle:

bef. 1000; ME; OE fithele


Princeton's WordNet

  1. violin, fiddle(verb)

    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

  2. fiddle, shirk, shrink from, goldbrick(verb)

    avoid (one's assigned duties)

    "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"

  3. fiddle(verb)

    commit fraud and steal from one's employer

    "We found out that she had been fiddling for years"

  4. fiddle(verb)

    play the violin or fiddle

  5. fiddle(verb)

    play on a violin

    "Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"

  6. toy, fiddle, diddle, play(verb)

    manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

    "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate"

  7. tamper, fiddle, monkey(verb)

    play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly

    "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts"

  8. tinker, fiddle(verb)

    try to fix or mend

    "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right"; "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fiddle(verb)ˈfɪd l

    to quickly move sth around with your fingers

    Stop fiddling around with your pen and listen.

  2. fiddleˈfɪd l

    to give false information for your own gain

    He was accused of fiddling company accounts.

  3. fiddle(noun)ˈfɪd l

    a violin

    ***to play the fiddle

  4. fiddleˈfɪd l

    a dishonest way to make money

    a tax fiddle


  1. fiddle(Noun)

    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.

    When I play it like this, it's a fiddle; when I play it like that, it's a violin.

  2. fiddle(Noun)

    An adjustment intended to cover up a basic flaw.

    That parameter setting is just a fiddle to make the lighting look right.

  3. fiddle(Noun)


  4. fiddle(Noun)

    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)

  5. fiddle(Verb)

    To play aimlessly.

    You're fiddling your life away.

  6. fiddle(Verb)

    To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc.

  7. fiddle(Verb)

    To play traditional tunes on a violin in a non-classical style.

  8. Origin: From fithele, from fiðele.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fiddle(noun)

    a stringed instrument of music played with a bow; a violin; a kit

  2. Fiddle(noun)

    a kind of dock (Rumex pulcher) with fiddle-shaped leaves; -- called also fiddle dock

  3. Fiddle(noun)

    a rack or frame of bars connected by strings, to keep table furniture in place on the cabin table in bad weather

  4. Fiddle(verb)

    to play on a fiddle

  5. Fiddle(verb)

    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

  6. Fiddle(verb)

    to play (a tune) on a fiddle


  1. fiddle

    A fiddle is any bowed string musical instrument, most often the violin. It is also a colloquial term for the instrument used by players in all genres, including classical music. Fiddle playing, or fiddling, refers to various styles of music. Common distinctions between violins and fiddles reflect the differences in the instruments used to play folk and classical music. However, it is not uncommon for classically trained violinists to play folk music, and today many fiddle players have classical training. Many traditional styles are aural traditions, so are taught 'by ear' rather than with written music.

Translations for fiddle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a violin

She played the fiddle.

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