What is fiddle?

  • (verb): Play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly.
    Example: "The reporter fiddle with the facts"
    Synonyms: tamper, monkey
    See also — Additional definitions below


A fiddle is any bowed string musical instrument, most often the violin. It is also a colloquial term for the instrument used by players in all genres, including classical music. Fiddle playing, or fiddling, refers to various styles of music.

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Fiddle - Relations - Distant Relations
... Byzantine lyra, the medieval bowed instrument of the Byzantine Empire Cretan Lyra Crwth Gadulka Gudok Gusle Hurdy gurdy also known as the wheel fiddle Lijerica Nyckelharpa. ...
Sluz Duz Music - Personnel
... Peter Ostroushko – mandolin, fiddle, mandola, guitar, mandocello Norman Blake – guitar Bruce Calin – bass John Angus Foster – bass, piano Tim Hennessy – guitar Red Maddock – drums Mick ...
Second Fiddle (1957 Film)
... Second Fiddle is a 1957 British comedy film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Lisa Gastoni and Richard Wattis ... Second Fiddle is currently missing from the BFI National Archive, and is listed as one of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" lost films ...
Suvalkija - Folk Culture - Music
... Popular polkas performed on the fiddle were a significant part of the local musicians' repertoire ... Earlier versions featured between one and three kanklės, a fiddle, and a būgnas (drum) ... Later ensembles often included one or two fiddles, a German or Viennese harmonica, a būgnas, and at times a cymbal, a clarinet, a coronet, or a besetle (a stringed bass) ...
Second Fiddle
... Second Fiddle is a term that refers to something that plays a secondary role in support of something that plays a more major or leading role ... Second Fiddle may also refer to Second Fiddle (1923 film) Second Fiddle (1939 film) Second Fiddle (1957 film) Second Fiddle (1988 novel) by Mary Wesley Second Fiddle (Lovejoy ...

More definitions of "fiddle":

  • (verb): Commit fraud and steal from one's employer.
    Example: "We found out that she had been fiddling for years"
  • (noun): 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
  • (verb): Play the violin or fiddle.
  • (verb): Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination.
    Example: "Don't fiddle with the screws"
    Synonyms: toy, diddle, play
  • (verb): Try to fix or mend.
    Synonyms: tinker
  • (verb): Play on a violin.
    Example: "Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"

Famous quotes containing the word fiddle:

    But there’s another knowledge that my heart destroys
    As the fox in the old fable destroyed the Spartan boy’s
    Because it proves that things both can and cannot be;
    That the swordsmen and the ladies can still keep company;
    Can pay the poet for a verse and hear the fiddle sound,
    That I am still their servant though all are underground.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    It needs more skill than I can tell
    To play the second fiddle well.
    —C.H. (Charles Haddon)

    If you love music, hear it; go to operas, concerts and pay fiddlers to play to you; but I insist on your neither piping nor fiddling yourself. It puts a gentleman in a very frivolous, contemptible light.... Few things would mortify me more than to see you bearing a part in a concert, with a fiddle under your chin, or a pipe in your mouth.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)