informal Small and of little importance:
— A fiddling sum of money.
Bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow.
Dutch: fiedel, vedel, viool
Avoid (one's assigned duties).
Dutch: zich drukken, zijn plicht ontlopen
Commit fraud and steal from one's employer.
Play the violin or fiddle.
Dutch: fiedelen, vioolspelen
Play on a violin.
Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination:
— Don't fiddle with the screws.
Roget 416: play, pipe, strike up, sweep the chords, tweedle, fiddle; strike the lyre, beat the drum; blow the horn, sound the horn, wind the horn; doodle; grind the organ; touch the guitar ... show more
Dutch: spelen, stoeien
Play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly:
— The reporter fiddle with the facts.
Try to fix or mend:
— She always fiddles with her van on the weekend.
Moby thesaurus: A string, Amati, Cremona, D string, E string, G string, Strad, Stradivari, Stradivarius, alter, bass, bass viol, bow, bridge, bull fiddle, cello, cheat, contrabass, cook, coquet ... show more.
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