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Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈfɪ.dl̩/
  • Rhymes: -ɪdəl
  • Hyphenation: fid•dle

Etymology

From Middle English fithele, from Old English fiðele.

Noun

Singular
fiddle

Plural
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The violin when played in any of various traditional styles, as opposed to classical violin.
    When I play it like this, it's a fiddle; when I play it like that, it's a violin.
  2. An adjustment intended to cover up a basic flaw.
    That parameter setting is just a fiddle to make the lighting look right.
  3. fraud
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) On board a ship or boat, a rail or batten around the edge of a table or stove to prevent objects falling off at sea. (Also fiddle rail)

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Verb

Infinitive
to fiddle

Third person singular
fiddl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to fiddle (third-person singular simple present fiddl, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To play aimlessly.
    You're fiddling your life away.
  2. To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc.
    I needed to fiddle the lighting parameters to get the image to look right.
    Fred was sacked when the auditors caught him fiddling the books.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To play traditional tunes on a violin using the aforementioned styles.

Synonyms

  • (to adjust in order to cover a basic flaw): fudge

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