noun Etymology: reduplication of fiddle (fiddlesticks) Date: 1577 nonsense — often used as an interjection

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  • Fiddle Faddle — is candy coated popcorn produced by ConAgra Foods. Introduced in 1967 the snack is commonly found in discount and drug stores. Fiddle Faddle consists of popped popcorn covered with caramel and butter also*Cracker Jack *Screaming Yellow… …   Wikipedia

  • fiddle-faddle — [fid′ l fad΄ l] n., interj. [redupl. of FIDDLE or obs. faddle, to trifle] nonsense vi. fiddle faddled, fiddle faddling Informal to be concerned with trifles; fuss …   English World dictionary

  • fiddle-faddle — 1570s (n.); 1630s (v.), apparently a reduplication of obsolete faddle to trifle …   Etymology dictionary

  • fiddle-faddle — fid dle fad dle, n. A trifle; trifling talk; nonsense. [Colloq.] Spectator. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fiddle-faddle — fid dle fad dle, v. i. To talk nonsense. [Colloq.] Ford. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fiddle-faddle — noun nonsense I can understand why people read horoscopes, but for me its a bunch of fiddle faddle …   Wiktionary

  • fiddle-faddle — fiddle faddler, n. /fid l fad l/, n., v., fiddle faddled, fiddle faddling, interj. n. 1. nonsense. 2. something trivial. v.i. 3. to fuss with trifles. interj. 4. (used to express irritation, impatience, etc.) [1570 80; gradational compound based… …   Universalium

  • fiddle-faddle — /ˈfɪdl fædl/ (say fidl fadl) Colloquial –noun 1. nonsense; something trivial. –verb (i) (fiddle faddled, fiddle faddling) 2. to fuss with unimportant things. {reduplication of fiddle (verb) …   Australian English dictionary

  • fiddle faddle — Synonyms and related words: absurdity, amphigory, babble, babblement, balderdash, bibble babble, blabber, blather, bombast, claptrap, coquet, dabble, dally, double talk, drivel, drool, fiddle, fiddle with, fiddledeedee, fidget with, finger with,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fiddle-faddle — noun trivial matters; nonsense. verb mess about. Origin C16: reduplication of fiddle …   English new terms dictionary

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