[ 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

Words Nearby fiddleback

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. 2023

How to use fiddleback in a sentence

  • “Came down to see about getting some cows for the old man from the fiddleback outfit,” Davis explained.

    Crooked Trails and Straight | William MacLeod Raine
  • In a dozen jerky sentences the owner of the fiddleback told Flandrau of the suspicions of the sheriff.

    Crooked Trails and Straight | William MacLeod Raine
  • Billie Mackenzie, owner of the fiddleback ranch, laughed even while he disapproved.

    Crooked Trails and Straight | William MacLeod Raine
  • Healy accepted Purdy's invitation, and dismounted with him at the fiddleback.

    Mavericks | William MacLeod Raine

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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