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fiddler

[fid-ler] /ˈfɪd lər/
noun
1.
a person who plays a fiddle.
2.
a person who dawdles or trifles.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English, Old English fithelere; cognate with Dutch vedelaar, German Fiedler. See fiddle, -er1
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Examples for fiddler
  • Jarrell learned the way practically every other fiddler and banjo player did-by ear, at the knee of older musicians.
  • fiddler crabs track strides to help them find their burrows.
  • Perhaps the time table has not specified who should be the second fiddler by now.
  • The overstrung fiddler tries to maintain a stiff upper lip while privately dithering with worry.
  • fiddler crabs normally put up a claw and scoot away if you approach.
  • The fiddle style relies on a strong up-bowing technique with a downbeat created by a fiddler tapping a foot onto the floor.
British Dictionary definitions for fiddler

fiddler

/ˈfɪdlə/
noun
1.
a person who plays the fiddle, esp in folk music
2.
3.
a person who wastes time or acts aimlessly
4.
(informal) a cheat or petty rogue
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Word Origin and History for fiddler
fiddler
O.E. fiðelere (see fiddle). Fiddler's Green first recorded 1825, from sailors' slang. Fiddler crab is from 1714.
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