What does fiddler mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. violinist, fiddlernoun

    a musician who plays the violin

  2. twiddler, fiddlernoun

    someone who manipulates in a nervous or unconscious manner

  3. tinkerer, fiddlernoun

    an unskilled person who tries to fix or mend


  1. fiddlernoun

    One who plays the fiddle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fiddlernoun

    A musician; one that plays upon the fiddle.

    Etymology: from fiddle.

    Let no sawcy fiddler presume to intrude,
    Unless he is sent for to vary our bliss. Ben Jonson.

    Nero put the fiddlers to death, for being more skilful in the trade than he was. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    These will appear such chits in story,
    ’Twill turn all politicks to jests,
    To be repeated like John Dory,
    When fiddlers sing at feasts. Dryden.

    When miss delights in her spinnet,
    A fiddler may a fortune get. Jonathan Swift.


  1. fiddler

    A fiddle is a bowed string musical instrument, most often a violin. It is a colloquial term for the violin, used by players in all genres, including classical music. Although in many cases violins and fiddles are essentially synonymous, the style of the music played may determine specific construction differences between fiddles and classical violins. For example, fiddles may optionally be set up with a bridge with a flatter arch to reduce the range of bow-arm motion needed for techniques such as the double shuffle, a form of bariolage involving rapid alternation between pairs of adjacent strings. To produce a "brighter" tone than the deep tones of gut or synthetic core strings, fiddlers often use steel strings. The fiddle is part of many traditional (folk) styles, which are typically aural traditions—taught "by ear" rather than via written music.Fiddling is the act of playing the fiddle, and fiddlers are musicians that play it. Among musical styles, fiddling tends to produce rhythms that focus on dancing, with associated quick note changes, whereas classical music tends to contain more vibrato and sustained notes. Fiddling is also open to improvisation and embellishment with ornamentation at the player's discretion, in contrast to orchestral performances, which adhere to the composer's notes to reproduce a work faithfully. It is less common for a classically trained violinist to play folk music, but today, many fiddlers (e.g., Alasdair Fraser, Brittany Haas, and Alison Krauss) have classical training.


  1. fiddler

    A fiddler is a person who plays the fiddle, a colloquial term for the violin. The term is often associated with folk music and country music, but can encompass players of various genres. It is also used to refer to a type of crab known for the large claw possessed by the males.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fiddlernoun

    one who plays on a fiddle or violin

  2. Fiddlernoun

    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 calling crab, soldier crab, and fighting crab

  3. Fiddlernoun

    the common European sandpiper (Tringoides hypoleucus); -- so called because it continually oscillates its body

  4. Etymology: [AS. fielere.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A violinist before he becomes the virtuoso who refuses to play a real tune.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fiddler is ranked #25187 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fiddler surname appeared 984 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fiddler.

    78.8% or 776 total occurrences were White.
    8.4% or 83 total occurrences were Black.
    6.7% or 66 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.9% or 29 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fiddler in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fiddler in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fiddler in a Sentence

  1. Anthony McCarten:

    I've always loved Broadway, the inspiration for many of my early songs came from shows like' West Side Story,'' My Fair Lady' and' Fiddler on the Roof', so it seems only fitting to bring my songs to The Great White Way. I'm honored and excited to be working with this great team.

  2. Flavio Volpe:

    Say what you will about Nero, but at least he was a hell of a fiddler. This guy’s burning it all down without a soundtrack.”

  3. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Sadly, the fiddler on the roof is no longer with us. The strings of the fiddle have fallen silent. The story of Haim Topol’s life has been sealed but I am certain that his contribution to Israeli culture will live on for generations, he greatly loved the land of Israel, and the people of Israel loved him in return.

  4. John Barrymore:

    A man must properly pay the fiddler. In my case it so happened that a whole symphony orchestra had to be subsidized.

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