[ fid-l-fad-l ]
/ ˈfɪd lˌfæd l /


something trivial.

verb (used without object), fid·dle-fad·dled, fid·dle-fad·dling.

to fuss with trifles.


(used to express irritation, impatience, etc.)

Origin of fiddle-faddle

First recorded in 1570–80; gradational compound based on fiddle

OTHER WORDS FROM fiddle-faddle

fid·dle-fad·dler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for fiddle-faddle

/ (ˈfɪdəlˌfædəl) /

noun, interjection

trivial matter; nonsense


(intr) to fuss or waste time, esp over trivial matters

Derived forms of fiddle-faddle

fiddle-faddler, noun

Word Origin for fiddle-faddle

C16: reduplication of fiddle
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