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  1. a person who plays a fiddle.
  2. a person who dawdles or trifles.
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Origin of fiddler

before 1100; Middle English, Old English fithelere; cognate with Dutch vedelaar, German Fiedler. See fiddle, -er1
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Examples from the Web for fiddler

Contemporary Examples of fiddler

Historical Examples of fiddler

  • 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

    Hall Caine

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fiddler


  1. a person who plays the fiddle, esp in folk music
  2. See fiddler crab
  3. a person who wastes time or acts aimlessly
  4. informal a cheat or petty rogue
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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.

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