Fiddle Fid"dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fiddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fiddling}.] 1. To play on a fiddle. [1913 Webster]

Themistocles . . . said he could not fiddle, but he could make a small town a great city. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To keep the hands and fingers actively moving as a fiddler does; to move the hands and fingers restlessy or in busy idleness; to trifle. [1913 Webster]

Talking, and fiddling with their hats and feathers. --Pepys. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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