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Meaning & Definition of Fiddle in English

English

Fiddle

/fɪdəl/

noun

1. Bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family

  • This instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow
    synonym:
  • violin
  • ,
  • fiddle

verb

1. Avoid (one's assigned duties)

  • "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"
    synonym:
  • fiddle
  • ,
  • shirk
  • ,
  • shrink from
  • ,
  • goldbrick

2. Commit fraud and steal from one's employer

  • "We found out that she had been fiddling for years"
    synonym:
  • fiddle

3. Play the violin or fiddle

    synonym:
  • fiddle

4. Play on a violin

  • "Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"
    synonym:
  • fiddle

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • toy
  • ,
  • fiddle
  • ,
  • diddle
  • ,
  • play

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • tamper
  • ,
  • fiddle
  • ,
  • monkey

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • tinker
  • ,
  • fiddle

Examples of using

Tom seems to be as fit as a fiddle.
Nero did not actually fiddle while Rome burned.
You're certainly looking fit as a fiddle today.