fiddle

A fiddle is the same thing as a violin. The instrument, which has strings and is played with a bow, is more likely to be called a fiddle when it's used to play traditional or folk tunes, rather than classical music.

Fiddle music is typically written for dancing, and it comes from backgrounds as diverse as Scotland, Eastern Europe, and the Cajun and Zydeco traditions from Louisiana. To play the fiddle is to fiddle, and when you mess or play around with something, you also fiddle: "Do you have to fiddle with your pen while I'm talking?" Someone who's "fit as a fiddle" is in perfect health.

Primary Meanings of fiddle

1.
nv
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
play the violin or fiddle
2.
v
manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
3.
v
avoid (one's assigned duties)
4.
v
commit fraud and steal from one's employer
Full Definitions of fiddle
1

n 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

Synonyms:
violin
Types:
Amati
a violin made by Nicolo Amati or a member of his family
Guarnerius
a violin made by a member of the Guarneri family
Strad, Stradavarius
a violin made by Antonio Stradivari or a member of his family
Type of:
bowed stringed instrument, string
stringed instruments that are played with a bow

v play the violin or fiddle

Type of:
play
perform music on (a musical instrument)

v play on a violin

“Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely”
Type of:
play, spiel
replay (as a melody)
2

v manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

“Don't fiddle with the screws”
Synonyms:
diddle, play, toy
Types:
put out, retire
cause to be out on a fielding play
Type of:
manipulate
hold something in one's hands and move it

v play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly

“The reporter fiddle with the facts”
Synonyms:
monkey, tamper
Type of:
manipulate
hold something in one's hands and move it

v try to fix or mend

“She always fiddles with her van on the weekend”
Synonyms:
tinker
Type of:
bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
3

v avoid (one's assigned duties)

Synonyms:
goldbrick, shirk, shrink from
Types:
scrimshank
British military language: avoid work
malinger, skulk
avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill
slack
avoid responsibilities and work, be idle
Type of:
avoid
refrain from doing something
4

v commit fraud and steal from one's employer

“We found out that she had been fiddling for years”
Type of:
defalcate, embezzle, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use

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