or fid·dle·de·dee, fid·dle·dee·dee

[ fid-l-di-dee ]

  1. (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”)

Words Nearby fiddle-de-dee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fiddle-de-dee in a sentence

  • 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
  • fiddle-de-dee—I can't sleep, and the chickens are as lively as bed-bugs.

    Peter Parley's Own Story | Samuel G. Goodrich
  • But to fancy as them as has got 'em will part is dashed fiddle-de-dee.

  • Lizzie was in the room—the parlour where his mother had told him “fiddle-de-dee!”

    Caught in a Trap | John C. Hutcheson

British Dictionary definitions for fiddle-de-dee


fiddlededee or fiddledeedee

/ (ˌfɪdəldɪˈdiː) /

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

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