Definition of fiddle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɪdl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪdl//
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  1. 1[countable] = violin
  2. 2[countable] (British English) something that is done dishonestly to get money synonym fraud an insurance/tax, etc. fiddle
  3. 3[singular] (British English) an act of moving something or adjusting something in order to make it work
  4. 4[singular] (British English) something that is difficult to do
  5. Word OriginOld English fithele, denoting a violin or similar instrument (originally not an informal or depreciatory term), related to Dutch vedel and German Fiedel, based on Latin vitulari ‘celebrate a festival, be joyful’, perhaps from Vitula, the name of a Roman goddess of joy and victory. Compare with viol.Idioms (British English) to be doing something dishonest to get money Their accountant has been on the fiddle for years. (informal) in very good physical condition More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet.
    play second fiddle (to somebody/something)
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    to be treated as less important than somebody/something; to have a less important position than somebody/something else I’m not going to play second fiddle to anyone. The narrative in this book plays second fiddle to the excellent photographs.
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