fiddler

Definitions

  • The fiddler on the hut roof, with the coyotes below
    The fiddler on the hut roof, with the coyotes below
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fiddler an unskilled person who tries to fix or mend
    • n fiddler someone who manipulates in a nervous or unconscious manner
    • n fiddler a musician who plays the violin
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fiddler (Zoöl) A burrowing crab of the genus Gelasimus, of many species. The male has one claw very much enlarged, and often holds it in a position similar to that in which a musician holds a fiddle, hence the name; -- called also fiddler crab calling crab soldier crab, and fighting crab.
    • Fiddler One who plays on a fiddle or violin.
    • Fiddler (Zoöl) The common European sandpiper (Tringoides hypoleucus); -- so called because it continually oscillates its body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fiddler One who plays a fiddle, violin, or some similar instrument; a violinist.
    • n fiddler A sixpence.
    • n fiddler In the United States, a fiddler-crab.
    • n fiddler The common sandpiper, Tringoides hypoleucus, so called from its habit of balancing the body as if on a pivot. The corresponding species in the United States, T. macularius, is for the same reason called teetertail or tip-up.
    • n fiddler A fish, Trygonorhina fasciata, a member of the family Rhinobatidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fiddler one who fiddles: a small crab of genus Gelasimus
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Quotations

  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.”
  • Charles F. Kettering
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    “The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fiðelere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fiðele; Ger. fiedel. See Violin.

Usage

In literature:

The old fiddler took a fresh chew of long, green tobacco, and rosined his bow.
"Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales" by Robert L. Taylor
The Fiddler of Glory Hole.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Had it not been that the Overland girls knew the dance they never could have followed the fiddler's calls.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods" by Jessie Graham Flower
Ye may sarch night an' day ez a constancy An' ye won't find a fiddler sech ez me!
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
We had not looked around us long, before we heard four fiddlers, newly dead, summoned to the bar.
"The Sleeping Bard or, Visions of the World, Death, and Hell" by Ellis Wynne
The fiddler took a malicious delight toward the last in quickening the time of the good old dance, and that put the old man on his mettle.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
The fiddler took a malicious delight toward the last in quickening the time of the good old dance, and that put the old man on his mettle.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
And then the fiddlers began to tune up.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Merrily played the fiddlers at the wedding of my father, who was the grandson of Israel Kimanyer of sainted memory.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Perhaps the penny extra to the fiddler accounts for the name penny wedding.
"Auld Licht Idylls" by J. M. Barrie
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In poetry:

But though the fiddlers saw a jig
I used to foot when I was wed,
I'll walk me home and feed the pig,
And go a lonesome man to bed.
"The Widower" by Robert W Service
I saw a fiddler from a broken plain
Playing his weeping fiddle,- sweet and clear.
He sang of Death and Cries and Pain,-
But no one shed a tear.
"Sights" by Leon Gellert
But still on the ledgin' o' Boglebriggs
That fiddler sits an' plays;
An' never gangs ow'r till the licht begins
To shine on the Scroglan' Braes.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
Then the fiddler ask'd, as he lifted the bow,
"Are ye gaun to dance yoursel'?"
The stranger said something atween his teeth
That Gibby couldna tell.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
A fiddler sits, wha has never been seen,
On the ledgin' o' Boglebriggs;
An' aye when the clock strikes the midnicht hoor
He plays strathspeys an' jigs.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
The musicians come and stand at the door,
A fiddler and singers three,
And one with a bright lamp thrusts at the dark,
And the music comes sudden--O hark!
"The Waits" by John Freeman

In news:

Fiddler 's Creek residents sought out change to East Naples fire district.
Station 23 of the East Naples Fire Department is located less than two miles from the entrance to Fiddlerís Creek, making it the closest emergency service provider.
IN EFFECT UNTIL DEC 13, 9:45 a.m. Station 23 of the East Naples Fire Department is located less than two miles from the entrance to Fiddlerís Creek, making it the closest emergency service provider.
35 am & 5:44 pm Triad Arts Weekend: Fridays at 1:00 p.m. Twin City Stage presents Fiddler on the Roof Monday, Oct 29, 2012.
Carol Rosegg Harvey Fierstein sings "If I Were a Rich Man" in the national touring production of " Fiddler on the Roof" that played the Palace Theatre in PlayhouseSquare in 2010.
' Fiddler 's' lead loves playing favorite role in favorite show with wife.
Hear a champion fiddler Sunday at Everett library.
Fiddler draws on Celtic diaspora for Barking Legs show.
TERRE HAUTE — The classic Broadway hit " Fiddler on the Roof" is coming to Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium at 7:30 pm on Monday as part of the Indiana State University Performing Arts Series.
National tour of ' Fiddler on the Roof' returns to Grand Rapids for one night only in November.
' Fiddler ' plays on Acting Company roof.
' Fiddler on the Roof'.
Old Time Fiddler 's perform.
' Fiddler on the Roof' opens at Osceola Center.
'Chicken with Plums' a story of a fiddler and his truth.
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