verb (used without object), fid·dled, fid·dling.
verb (used with object), fid·dled, fid·dling.
- to falsify: to fiddle the account books.
- to cheat: to fiddle the company out of expense money.
- fid. def.,
- fiddle back,
- fiddle bow,
- fiddle pattern,
- fiddle while rome burns,
Origin of fiddle
Examples from the Web for fiddled
He fiddled with a baseball once signed by a great Birmingham Barons team of the past.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons|Paul Hemphill|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As she fiddled with her key in the lock, the Killer opened the door from within.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He fiddled on the table with two smartphones and the keys to his Jeep when asked if he had lost friends in Qusayr.
At least when Nero fiddled, Romans got to hear music over the flames.As the Sequester Looms, the Outlines of a Solution Emerge|John Avlon|February 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Scripts were scotch-taped to the reverse side of the curtains; jokes were fiddled with or created on the spot.
Now, as this tower was built in 1210 by Pandolfo della Suburra, the senator, it could not have been the tower Nero fiddled on.Rambles in Rome|S. Russell Forbes
They were fiddled and danced away for at least twenty-four hours—perhaps for ever!Vice Versa|F. Anstey
Such a boy as that will be most useful to me in every possible way; and did not you notice how beautifully he fiddled?Rico and Wiseli|Johanna Spyri
They sat out on the porch and talked of many things while the crickets and katydids chirped and fiddled in the darkness.The Lucky Seventh|Ralph Henry Barbour
Somehow he had a notion that the faster he fiddled the more quickly the night would pass.The Tale of Chirpy Cricket|Arthur Scott Bailey
Word Origin for fiddle
late 14c., from fiddle (n.); the figurative sense of "to act nervously or idly" is from 1520s. Related: Fiddled; fiddling.
late 14c., fedele, earlier fithele, from Old English fiðele, which is related to Old Norse fiðla, Middle Dutch vedele, Dutch vedel, Old High German fidula, German Fiedel; all of uncertain origin.
Perhaps from Medieval Latin vitula "stringed instrument," which is perhaps related to Latin vitularia "celebrate joyfully," from Vitula, Roman goddess of joy and victory, who probably, like her name, originated among the Sabines [Klein, Barnhart]. Unless the Medieval Latin word is from the Germanic ones.
Fiddle has been relegated to colloquial usage by its more proper cousin, violin, a process encouraged by phraseology such as fiddlesticks, contemptuous nonsense word fiddlededee (1784), and fiddle-faddle. Fit as a fiddle is from 1610s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fiddle
- fiddle while Rome burns
- fit as a fiddle
- hang up (one's fiddle)
- play second fiddle