[ fid-l-bak ]

  1. something shaped like a fiddle.

  1. resembling the back or outline of a violin.

  2. (of a veneer figure) having close, fine, dark stripes.

Origin of fiddleback

First recorded in 1885–90; fiddle + back1

Other definitions for fiddle back (2 of 2)

fiddle back

  1. a chair back having a solid splat similar in form to that of a fiddle. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use fiddleback in a sentence

  • He had exchanged a capital horse for a lank and bony creature of which he appeared very fond, called Fiddle-back.

    Oliver Goldsmith | E. S. Lang Buckland
  • Larry, however, put his fiddle back in its case while breakfast was served out.

    Paddy Finn | W. H. G. Kingston
  • What good would it do me to get the fiddle back if I would die from starvation first?

    Abe and Mawruss | Montague Glass
  • Now if I am right and we take the fiddle back, then we are acting like a couple of cheap yokels, ain't it?

    Abe and Mawruss | Montague Glass

British Dictionary definitions for fiddle-back


  1. a chair with a fiddle-shaped back

  2. a chasuble with a fiddle-shaped front

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