or fid·dle·de·dee, fid·dle·dee·dee


Origin of fiddle-de-dee

1775–85; fiddle + -de- (reduplication prefix) + (Tweedle)dee (in obsolete sense “fiddler”) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fiddle-de-dee

Historical Examples of fiddle-de-dee

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fiddle-de-dee


fiddlededee or fiddledeedee

  1. rare an exclamation of impatience, disbelief, or disagreement
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