fiddle-faddle

[fid-l-fad-l]
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verb (used without object), fid·dle-fad·dled, fid·dle-fad·dling.
  1. to fuss with trifles.
interjection
  1. (used to express irritation, impatience, etc.)

Origin of fiddle-faddle

First recorded in 1570–80; gradational compound based on fiddle
Related formsfid·dle-fad·dler, noun
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fiddle-faddle

noun, interjection
  1. trivial matter; nonsense
verb
  1. (intr) to fuss or waste time, esp over trivial matters
Derived Formsfiddle-faddler, noun

Word Origin for fiddle-faddle

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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