[ fid-ler ]
/ ˈfɪd lər /


a person who plays a fiddle.
a person who dawdles or trifles.

Origin of fiddler

before 1100; Middle English, Old English fithelere; cognate with Dutch vedelaar, German Fiedler. See fiddle, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fiddler


/ (ˈfɪdlə) /


a person who plays the fiddle, esp in folk music
a person who wastes time or acts aimlessly
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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