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Definition of "fiddle" []

  • A violin. (noun)
  • A member of the violin family. (noun)
  • Nautical A guardrail used on a table during rough weather to prevent things from slipping off. (noun)
  • Informal Nonsensical, trifling matters: "There are things that are important/beyond all this fiddle” ( Marianne Moore). (noun)
  • The act or an instance of cheating or swindling; a fraud. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fiddle" in a sentence
  • "The two ran through songs from Sleep With One Eye Open, their recently released album of traditional bluegrass music, and also took requests from the audience during a section of the show they called "fiddle tune request song.""
  • "With the Joker playing main fiddle, the villains could be endless."
  • "But I guess playing political second fiddle is humiliating enough."