Fiddle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɪdl|  American pronunciation of the word fiddle
Brit.  |ˈfɪd(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word fiddle


- 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 (syn: violin)


- avoid (one's assigned duties) (syn: goldbrick, shirk)
- commit fraud and steal from one's employer
- play the violin or fiddle
- play on a violin
- manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination(syn: diddle, play, toy)
- play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly(syn: monkey, tamper)
- try to fix or mend(syn: tinker)


Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

...the executive fiddled with a pen as she impatiently waited for the meeting to begin...

It's so annoying, the way she keeps fiddling about with her hair.

Stop fiddling your expenses accounts.

They suspected he was on the fiddle (=getting money dishonestly or illegally) all along.

Stop fiddling, will you!

I sat and fiddled at the computer for a while.

She was at her desk in the living room, fiddling with a deck of cards.

Bert had been fiddling his income tax for years.

Who has been fiddling around with my computer?

Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely

Don't fiddle with the screws

The reporter fiddle with the facts

She always fiddles with her van on the weekend

We jigged to the fiddle music.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: fiddle
he/she/it: fiddles
present participle: fiddling
past tense: fiddled
past participle: fiddled
singular: fiddle
plural: fiddles
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