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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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  • 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
n.

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.

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