fiddling

[ fid-ling ]
/ ˈfɪd lɪŋ /

adjective

trifling; trivial: a fiddling sum of money.

Origin of fiddling

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at fiddle, -ing2

Definition for fiddling (2 of 2)

fiddle
[ fid-l ]
/ ˈfɪd l /

noun

verb (used without object), fid·dled, fid·dling.

verb (used with object), fid·dled, fid·dling.

Origin of fiddle

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fithele (cognate with German Fiedel, Dutch vedel, Old High German fidula) probably < Vulgar Latin *vītula (cf. viol, viola1), perhaps derivative of Latin vītulārī to rejoice
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British Dictionary definitions for fiddling (1 of 2)

fiddling
/ (ˈfɪdlɪŋ) /

adjective

trifling or insignificant; petty
another word for fiddly

British Dictionary definitions for fiddling (2 of 2)

fiddle
/ (ˈfɪdəl) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for fiddle

Old English fithele, probably from Medieval Latin vītula, from Latin vītulārī to celebrate; compare Old High German fidula fiddle; see viola 1
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Culture definitions for fiddling

fiddle

Another name for the violin; fiddle is the more common term for the instrument as played in folk music and bluegrass.

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Idioms and Phrases with fiddling

fiddle

In addition to the idiom beginning with fiddle

  • fiddle while Rome burns

also see:

  • fit as a fiddle
  • hang up (one's fiddle)
  • play second fiddle
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