| Share
 

Fiddle-faddle

It is all fiddle-faddle. Rubbishy nonsense; talk not worth attention. A ricochet word, of which we have a vast number, as “flim-flam,” “helter-skelter,” “wishy-washy,” etc. To fiddle is to waste time in playing on the fiddle, and hence fiddle means a trifle, and fiddle-faddle is silly trifle or silly nonsense.

“Pitiful fool that I was to stand fiddle-faddling in that way.” Clough: Amours de Voyage, canto iv. stanza 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Fiddle-faddle from Infoplease:

  • fiddle-faddle: meaning and definitions - fiddle-faddle: Definition and Pronunciation
  • Fiddle-faddle - Fiddle-faddle It is all fiddle-faddle. Rubbishy nonsense; talk not worth attention. A ricochet ...
  • Dictionary Index - Dictionary Index feodary feoff feoffee Feosol FEPA FEPC fer FERA ferae naturae feral ferbam Ferber ...
  • Fad - Fad (A). A hobby, a temporary fancy, a whim. A contraction of faddle in ...
  • Pit-a-pat - Pit-a-pat My heart goes pit-a-pat. Throbs, palpitates. “Pat” is a gentle blow (Welsh, ...

Related Content


24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring