fiddle: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fid'l), [key]
— n., v., -dled, -dling.
  1. a musical instrument of the viol family.
  2. violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra.
  3. a small ledge or barrier raised in heavy weather to keep dishes, pots, utensils, etc., from sliding off tables and stoves.
  4. swindle; fraud.
  5. See(def. 6).
  6. in perfect health; very fit: The doctor told him he was fit as a fiddle.
  7. See
  1. to play on the fiddle.
  2. to make trifling or fussing movements with the hands (often fol. by with): fiddling with his cuffs.
  3. to touch or manipulate something, as to operate or adjust it; tinker (often fol. by with): You may have to fiddle with the antenna to get a clear picture on the TV.
  4. to waste time; trifle; dally (often fol. by around): Stop fiddling around and get to work.
  5. to cheat.
  1. to play (a tune) on a fiddle.
  2. to trifle or waste (usually used with away): to fiddle time away.
  3. to bind together (sections or leaves of a book) by threading a cord through holes cut lengthwise into the back.
  4. to fiddle the account books.
    1. to falsify:to fiddle the account books.
    2. to cheat:to fiddle the company out of expense money.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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