1. [ noun ] (music) 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
Synonyms: violin
Related terms: bowed_stringed_instrument strad amati guarnerius fiddlestick chin_rest
2. [ verb ] try to fix or mend
Synonyms: tinker

"Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right" "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend"

Related terms: repair fiddler
3. [ verb ] avoid (one's assigned duties)
Synonyms: shrink_from shirk goldbrick

"The derelict soldier shirked his duties"

Related terms: refrain_from malinger scrimshank slack shirking
4. [ verb ] play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
Synonyms: tamper monkey

"Someone tampered with the documents on my desk" "The reporter fiddle with the facts"

Related terms: manipulate imp
5. [ verb ] (music) play on a violin

"Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"

Related terms: play music
6. [ verb ] (accounting,criminal law) commit fraud and steal from one's employer

"We found out that she had been fiddling for years"

Related terms: embezzle
7. [ verb ] (music) play the violin or fiddle
Related terms: play music
8. [ verb ] manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
Synonyms: play diddle toy

"She played nervously with her wedding ring" "Don't fiddle with the screws" "He played with the idea of running for the Senate:

Related terms: manipulate put_out entertain fiddler
Similar spelling:   Fidel