I. noun Etymology: Middle English fidel, from Old English *fithele, probably from Medieval Latin vitula Date: 13th century 1. violin 2. a device (as a slat, rack, or light railing) to keep objects from sliding off a table aboard ship 3. fiddlesticks — used as an interjection 4. [fiddle (II)] chiefly British swindle II. verb (fiddled; fiddling) Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to play on a fiddle 2. a. to move the hands or fingers restlessly b. to spend time in aimless or fruitless activity ; putter, tinker <
fiddled around with the engine for hours
c. meddle, tamper d. to make minor manual movements especially to adjust something <
fiddled with the radio knobs
transitive verb 1. to play (as a tune) on a fiddle 2. cheat, swindle 3. to alter or manipulate deceptively for fraudulent gain <
accountants fiddling the books — Stanley Cohen
fiddler noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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