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fiddling

adjective

1 fiddling

informal Small and of little importance:
— A fiddling sum of money.

synonyms: footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, petty, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial.

Polish: bagatelny




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fiddle

noun

1 fiddle

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.

synonym: violin.

Roget 417: musical instruments; band; string-band, brass-band; orchestra; orchestrina.    [Stringed instruments], monochord, polychord; harp, lyre, lute, archlute; mandola, ... show more

Dutch: fiedel, vedel, viool
Polish: skrzypce

verb

1 fiddle

Avoid (one's assigned duties).

synonyms: goldbrick, shirk, shrink from.

Dutch: zich drukken, zijn plicht ontlopen

2 fiddle

Commit fraud and steal from one's employer.

3 fiddle

Play the violin or fiddle.

Dutch: fiedelen, vioolspelen

4 fiddle

Play on a violin.

5 fiddle

Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination:
— Don't fiddle with the screws.

synonyms: diddle, play, toy.

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

6 fiddle

Play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly:
— The reporter fiddle with the facts.

synonyms: monkey, tamper.

Dutch: manipuleren

7 fiddle

Try to fix or mend:
— She always fiddles with her van on the weekend.

synonym: tinker.


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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