- something trivial.
- to fuss with trifles.
- (used to express irritation, impatience, etc.)
Origin of fiddle-faddle
First recorded in 1570–80; gradational compound based on fiddle
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Examples from the Web for fiddle-faddle
Well might the merit of your passion be doubted, you say, if, like Mr. Solmes—fiddle-faddle!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Dost thou think I will fiddle-faddle about myself like a woman?An Orkney Maid
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Is she crying out her eyes over that piece of fiddle-faddle?The Maidens' Lodge
Emily Sarah Holt
There's a lot of "fiddle-faddle" wrapped up in that word "inspiration."The Fiction Factory
John Milton Edwards
He said one day to me, "Why don't you give up your fiddle-faddle of geology and zoology, and turn to the occult sciences?"
- trivial matter; nonsense
- (intr) to fuss or waste time, esp over trivial matters
C16: reduplication of fiddle
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Word Origin and History for fiddle-faddle
1570s (n.); 1630s (v.), apparently a reduplication of obsolete faddle "to trifle."
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