Adjective "fiddle" definition and examples

(Fiddle may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A violin.
  1. 'So he took up harmonica, learning fiddle tunes and traditional bluegrass, and transferring them to his new instrument.'
  2. 'Fat with reverbed guitars and wafting fiddle, ‘Belles’ has by far the richest instrumental backdrop.'
  3. 'Hymns are accompanied by an ensemble that includes fiddle, acoustic guitar, wind chimes, pennywhistles, a Bodhran, and even bagpipes.'
  4. 'Set in a village, the tale describes how a destitute fiddler dies after entrusting his sick child and fiddle to the care of an old woman.'
  5. 'The three instruments of Scotland's folk culture are the harp (clàrsach), bagpipe, and fiddle.'
  6. 'Pedal steel and fiddle appear throughout the album, blending well with Paisley's drawl.'
  7. 'From beginner to advance lessons, classes are available in all traditional musical instruments including fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán, accordion and banjo.'
  8. 'He played violin, accordion, bass fiddle, and he would play any type of music.'
  9. 'The play opens with considerable confusion as first two musicians, playing fiddle and piano-accordion, and then a crowd of undifferentiated characters drift into the dark cinema.'
  10. 'Her voice dissolves among the slowly strummed guitar, brushed drums and mournful fiddle.'
An act of defrauding, cheating, or falsifying.
  1. 'It has been alleged that the scam centres around cash fiddles at the large store, which is in Ocotal Way.'
  2. 'Peter Rook QC, prosecuting, said the elaborate fraud could not be described as ‘a cornershop fiddle.’'
  3. 'As Mars and others have documented, this point would seem to apply to a wide range of occupational scams and fiddles, ranging from the top-floor board room to the basement boiler room.'
  4. 'His job sometimes included actually working the fiddle, as with crooked roulette tables, to remove suspicion from the obvious source, the sharper himself.'
A small task that seems awkward and unnecessarily complex.
  1. 'Just having a fiddle trying to align my table cells a bit better!'
  2. 'I'm one of the few people I know who fixes hardware purely through the laying on of hands - sometimes I have a bit of a fiddle and pull things out before putting them back in, or generally twiddle knobs and such.'
  3. 'Bread sauce would be nice with this, but it's a bit of a fiddle; I often just serve some good white bread.'
A ledge or raised rim that prevents things from rolling or sliding off a table in rough seas.
  1. 'A fiddle is the guardrail that keeps objects like eyeglasses or ashtrays from falling off the ledge.'


Touch or fidget with something in a restless or nervous way.
  1. 'Jack fidgeted restlessly, fiddling with the chocolate bar in his hand.'
  2. 'People began to greet the two of them, and Cally fiddled with her hands nervously.'
  3. 'I laughed nervously and fiddled with the loops on my sweatshirt.'
  4. 'Baret sat down on the bed beside Marta, who kept her face downcast and fiddled with the sheets nervously.'
  5. 'Nervously, I fiddled with the ribbon sash on my straw hat.'
  6. 'She nervously fiddled with the ties on her shirt.'
  7. 'Gracelin looked at her finger nails while Edward fiddled with a wooden spoon left on the kitchen counter.'
  8. '‘I'm a freak,’ he said, still fiddling with something in his hands.'
  9. 'Clancy nervously fiddled with his jacket zipper.'
  10. 'She turned around, and fiddled with a fingernail.'
  11. 'he fiddled with the blind, trying to prevent the sun from shining in her eyes'
  12. 'And, of course, being Mr BW, he just had to fiddle with it and attempt to get it working again.'
  13. 'When they charge towards you and spin around barking bubbles, there is very little time to adjust and fiddle with a camera.'
  14. 'It took me a long phone call to Apple, and a long trip to my friend's place to fiddle with the computer, to determine that he can view these files using the AppleWorks software he already has.'
  15. 'Or else you can submit a ‘building notice’ to the local authority, saying how you propose to fiddle with the electrics in your kitchen.'
  16. 'To test the Adjuster, we retrieved a Browning Hi-Power from the gun safe and began to fiddle with the two adjustment screws.'
  17. 'I had to fiddle with some of the color adjustments to get skin tones just right, and there was a noticeable ‘smoothing’ of textures.'
  18. 'Plus, if you need to adjust the base charge a bit up-or-down, you just grab another dipper and don't have to fiddle with a mechanical powder measure adjustment.'
  19. 'Tips on how to achieve contentment include regular holidays, scheduled time alone with a partner, plenty of exercise, fiddling with motorbikes, and cutting out television.'
  20. 'So you pull them out, fiddle with them, and replace them, adjusting the rest of the poem to suit.'
  21. 'Every Prime Minister since then sought to fiddle with the format to extract maximum advantage - and make no mistake, the incumbent calls the tune.'
  22. 'At the time, I'm just fiddling around setting the thing up, and I can't remember whether that's good or bad.'
  23. 'Missy J. and I are sitting here at the kitchen table fiddling around on our laptops and watching The Last Sign, which is almost as strange as the one we watched last night, The Final Cut.'
  24. 'Make a list of outdoor tasks that need doing at the beginning of the week and stick to it - fiddling around spontaneously can waste hours.'
  25. 'While fiddling around in a recording studio, he stumbled on the technique of recording at half speed and then playing back at full speed.'
  26. 'With everything else you just spend your time fiddling around after the fact.'
  27. 'Now I'm having a ball just fiddling around and discovering how it works (which is basically how I've learnt everything I know about computers and most other things in life).'
  28. 'Oh, since I'm still fiddling around in here… as you can see, the new computer desk arrived today.'
Falsify (figures, data, or records), typically in order to gain money.
  1. 'We have already had the scandal of the closed lists and now we find that there is another way of fiddling the figures by putting more people on the deferred list.'
  2. 'These companies are not the only ones fiddling their figures.'
  3. 'So what if he'd fiddled his taxes and done business with crooks?'
  4. 'After being told that there is not enough local criminal activity to justify their station's existence, three incompetent policemen decide to start manufacturing crimes to fiddle the figures.'
  5. 'The records were fiddled to make the crime stats look good.'
  6. 'There will be no need for him to fiddle the figures: his exercise will start just as the market cools.'
  7. 'There have been a lot of allegations of postal votes being fiddled in many parts of our region, not least here in towns such as Blackburn, Burnley and Nelson.'
  8. 'John Waters of the Irish Times said on radio on Saturday that he would have fiddled tax back then if he could have got away with it.'
  9. 'Governments can no longer convince people they aren't fiddling the figures.'
  10. 'Well, I can't finish fiddling the figures on my financial forecast tonight, because I need a few facts that I have yet to find out.'
Play the violin.
  1. 'It's time to retrace your steps to the Temple Bar: the pubs will soon be opening, the black vials of Guinness swilling over the bar and the fiddlers beginning to fiddle…'

More definitions

1. a musical instrument of the viol family.

2. violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra.

3. Nautical. a small ledge or barrier raised in heavy weather to keep dishes, pots, utensils, etc., from sliding off tables and stoves.

4. British Informal. swindle; fraud. verb (used without object), fiddled, fiddling.

5. to play on the fiddle.

6. to make trifling or fussing movements with the hands (often followed by with): fiddling with his cuffs.

7. to t

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be fiddle to anyones."

"people can be fiddle."


Old English fithele, denoting a violin or similar instrument (originally not an informal or depreciatory term), related to Dutch vedel and German Fiedel, based on Latin vitulari ‘celebrate a festival, be joyful’, perhaps from Vitula, the name of a Roman goddess of joy and victory. Compare with viol.


fiddle while Rome burns
(as) fit as a fiddle
on the fiddle
play second fiddle