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Definition of Fiddle


  1. A stringed instrument of music played with a bow; a violin; a kit.
  2. A kind of dock (Rumex pulcher) with fiddle-shaped leaves; -- called also fiddle dock.
  3. A rack or frame of bars connected by strings, to keep table furniture in place on the cabin table in bad weather.
  4. To play on a fiddle.
  5. To keep the hands and fingers actively moving as a fiddler does; to move the hands and fingers restlessy or in busy idleness; to trifle.
  6. To play (a tune) on a fiddle.

Fiddle Quotations

All my momma's people were very musical. My grandpa, who was the Pentecostal minister, he was a great musician. He played the fiddle, he played the piano.
Dolly Parton

I stay up nights and fiddle with my opera designs. It's a bit obsessive. That's why I can't do it all the time.
David Hockney

Because the blues is the basis of most American music in the 20th century. It's a 12-bar form that's played by jazz, bluegrass and country musicians. It has a rhythmic vocabulary that's been used by rock n' roll. It's related to spirituals, and even the American fiddle tradition.
Wynton Marsalis

My dad played fiddle as well.
Robert Plant

I was much distressed by next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died, and the other has eaten the fiddle, so all is peace.
Edward Lear
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Fiddle Translations

fiddle in German is Fiedel, Geige
fiddle in Norwegian is fele
fiddle in Swedish is fela, leka, fiol

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