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or fiddlededee, fiddledeedee

[fid-l-di-dee] /ˌfɪd l dɪˈdi/
(used to express irritation, dismissive indifference, or scorn.)
Origin of fiddle-de-dee
1775-85; fiddle + -de- (reduplication prefix) + (Tweedle)dee (in obsolete sense “fiddler”) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fiddle-de-dee
Historical Examples
  • fiddle-de-dee—I can't sleep, and the chickens are as lively as bed-bugs.

    Peter Parley's Own Story Samuel G. Goodrich
  • Lizzie was in the room—the parlour where his mother had told him “fiddle-de-dee!”

    Caught in a Trap John C. Hutcheson
  • "It's just a bit of fiddle-de-dee," he informed his delighted family.

    Count Bunker J. Storer Clouston
  • All that stuff about self-protection, an' struggle for existence, is just fiddle-de-dee in so far's God's concerned.

    The Devil's Garden

    W. B. Maxwell
  • fiddle-de-dee about a handsome highwayman,” said Aunt Deb, in a scornful tone.

    Dick Cheveley W. H. G. Kingston
  • The builders thought this boast a fiddle-de-dee, and invited the musician to fiddle away to his heart's content.

    The Telephone A. E. Dolbear
British Dictionary definitions for fiddle-de-dee


(rare) an exclamation of impatience, disbelief, or disagreement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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