fiddle-faddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fiddle-faddle trivial nonsense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n fiddle-faddle A trifle; trifling talk; nonsense.
    • v. i fiddle-faddle To talk nonsense.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fiddle-faddle To trifle; busy one's self with nothing; talk trifling nonsense; dawdle; dally.
    • n fiddle-faddle Trifling talk; trifles. Also fiddle-cum-faddle and fidfad.
    • fiddle-faddle Trifling; making a bustle about nothing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Fiddle-faddle to trifle, to dally
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fiĆ°ele; Ger. fiedel. See Violin.

Usage

In literature:

In battle he had lost his head; Sing fiddle-cum-faddl-cum-fi-do!
"Rinkitink in Oz" by L. Frank Baum
A turd on't, said the skipper to his preaching passenger, what a fiddle-faddle have we here?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Ye gods, and when it was flowing, Pitiful fool that I was, to stand fiddle-faddling in that way!
"Amours de Voyage" by Arthur Hugh Clough
No more fiddle-faddle novels!
"Essays in Little" by Andrew Lang
Wot I say is, why not stick to real (h)eddication, without the fiddle faddles?
"To Him That Hath" by Ralph Connor
Fuddle, feedle, faddle, fiddle!
"The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat" by Thornton W. Burgess
I've had enough of you, and I've no time for fiddle-faddle!
"The Path to Rome" by Hilaire Belloc
A turd on't, said the skipper to his preaching passenger, what a fiddle-faddle have we here?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
To think of such foolish fiddle-faddle stopping a man of his acumen and strength!
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
To think of such foolish fiddle-faddle stopping a man of his acumen and strength!
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
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In news:

'The Boys': Irish Fiddle- Faddle .
'The Boys': Irish Fiddle-Faddle .
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