- a person who plays a fiddle.
- a person who dawdles or trifles.
Origin of fiddler
Examples from the Web for fiddler
Almost all involved with the creation of Fiddler on the Roof had familial ties to the world Sholem Aleichem described.The Strange Power of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
October 28, 2013
And near the end of the play, Seguin offered an allusion to Fiddler on the Roof, yelling, “Sunrise, sunset!”Chaz Bono’s ‘Independence Day’: Strippers, Racism & More Crazy Moments
June 25, 2013
I saw it myself three nights ago, and it was as drunk as a fiddler.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
It is then that they "cut off the fiddler's head," and play valentines, which they call the "Goggans."The Manxman
Seems to me the house is running wild with photographs of that fiddler, he said.The Fifth String
John Philip Sousa
Borghild lifted her eyes, and they met those of the fiddler.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
"I don't care a fiddler's damn where you sent the horse," replied the hunchback.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
- a person who plays the fiddle, esp in folk music
- See fiddler crab
- a person who wastes time or acts aimlessly
- informal a cheat or petty rogue
Word Origin and History for fiddler
late 13c., from Old English fiðelere "fiddler" (fem. fiðelestre), agent noun from fiddle (v.). Fiddler's Green first recorded 1825, from sailors' slang. Fiddler crab is from 1714.