Synonyms of fiddling


1. fiddle, shirk, shrink from, goldbrick, avoid

usage: avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"

2. fiddle, embezzle, defalcate, peculate, misappropriate, malversate

usage: commit fraud and steal from one's employer; "We found out that she had been fiddling for years"

3. fiddle, play

usage: play the violin or fiddle

4. fiddle, play, spiel

usage: play on a violin; "Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"

5. toy, fiddle, diddle, play, manipulate

usage: 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"

6. tamper, fiddle, monkey, manipulate

usage: 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"

7. tinker, fiddle, repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch on

usage: 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"


1. fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial, unimportant (vs. important)

usage: (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"

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Definition and meaning of fiddling (Dictionary)