fiddle


fiddle
/fid"l/, n., v., fiddled, fiddling.
n.
1. a musical instrument of the viol family.
2. violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra.
3. Naut. a small ledge or barrier raised in heavy weather to keep dishes, pots, utensils, etc., from sliding off tables and stoves.
4. Brit. Informal. swindle; fraud.
5. fine as a fiddle, South Midland and Southern U.S. See fiddle (def. 6).
6. fit as a fiddle, in perfect health; very fit: The doctor told him he was fit as a fiddle. Also, as fit as a fiddle.
7. play second fiddle. See second fiddle.
v.i.
8. to play on the fiddle.
9. to make trifling or fussing movements with the hands (often fol. by with): fiddling with his cuffs.
10. to touch or manipulate something, as to operate or adjust it; tinker (often fol. by with): You may have to fiddle with the antenna to get a clear picture on the TV.
11. to waste time; trifle; dally (often fol. by around): Stop fiddling around and get to work.
12. Brit. Informal. to cheat.
v.t.
13. to play (a tune) on a fiddle.
14. to trifle or waste (usually used with away): to fiddle time away.
15. Bookbinding. to bind together (sections or leaves of a book) by threading a cord through holes cut lengthwise into the back.
16. Brit. Informal.
a. to falsify: to fiddle the account books.
b. to cheat: to fiddle the company out of expense money.
[bef. 1000; ME; OE fithele (c. G Fiedel, D vedel, OHG fidula) prob. < VL *vitula (cf. VIOL, VIOLA1), perh. deriv. of L vitulari to rejoice]

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lute
German  Fiedel,  French  Vielle,  

      medieval European bowed, stringed musical instrument. The medieval fiddle, a forerunner of the violin, emerged in 10th-century Europe, possibly deriving from the lira, a Byzantine version of the rabāb, an Arab bowed instrument. Medieval fiddles varied in size and shape but characteristically had front or back tuning pegs set in a flat and round or heart-shaped peg disk with three to five strings tuned in fifths (as c–g–d′, etc.). The body was often waisted.

      “Fiddle” also refers generically to any bowed, stringed instrument with a neck (bowed lute), especially the violin. If the neck appears to skewer the body, the instrument is called a spike fiddle.

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