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[fid-ler] /ˈfɪd lər/
a person who plays a fiddle.
a person who dawdles or trifles.
Origin of fiddler
before 1100; Middle English, Old English fithelere; cognate with Dutch vedelaar, German Fiedler. See fiddle, -er1 Unabridged
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  • Those who listened could always catch the squeaking of the fiddler, who went on playing across the fields.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Borghild lifted her eyes, and they met those of the fiddler.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • Smote him yet the fiddler / such a mighty blow, That 'fore the feet of Etzel / sheer on the floor his head fell low.

  • "I don't care a fiddler's damn where you sent the horse," replied the hunchback.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • "I thought so," said the fiddler; and then he gave over kicking.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • I carry that just as a fiddler carries his fiddle—ready for a tune at any moment.

    The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
  • It goes on to embrace more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in the fiddler's or in any other artist's philosophy.

    The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler
  • "I guess I will take my coat off this time," said the fiddler.

    Proud and Lazy Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for fiddler


a person who plays the fiddle, esp in folk music
a person who wastes time or acts aimlessly
(informal) a cheat or petty rogue
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Word Origin and History for fiddler

late 13c., from Old English fiðelere "fiddler" (fem. fiðelestre), agent noun from fiddle (v.). Fiddler's Green first recorded 1825, from sailors' slang. Fiddler crab is from 1714.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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