What does second fiddle mean?

Definitions for second fiddle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word second fiddle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. second fiddle, second banana(noun)

    someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role

  2. second fiddle(noun)

    a secondary role or function

    "he hated to play second fiddle to anyone"


  1. second fiddle(Noun)

    A fiddle part in harmony to the first fiddle.

  2. second fiddle(Noun)

    The person playing second fiddle.

  3. second fiddle(Noun)

    A sidekick or subordinate, or the role of such a person.


  1. Second Fiddle

    Second Fiddle is a 1957 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Lisa Gastoni and Richard Wattis. Second Fiddle is currently missing from the BFI National Archive, and is listed as one of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" lost films.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of second fiddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of second fiddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elizabeth Ochoa:

    If you stop prioritizing your marriage and allow it to play second fiddle to work, your partner will probably start to feel isolated and angry.

  2. Roddy Piper:

    He's the driving force in our sport. I was the bad guy. I felt second fiddle, but as all things have come around, he deserves everything, all the accolades he can get.

Images & Illustrations of second fiddle

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