FID'DLE, n. [L. fides, fidicula.] A stringed instrument of music; a violin.

FID'DLE, v.i.

1. To play on a fiddle or violin.

Themistocles said he could not fiddle, but he could make a small town a great city.

It is said that Nero fiddled, when Rome was in flames.

2. To trifle; to shift the hands often and do nothing, like a fellow that plays on a fiddle.

Good cooks cannot abide what they call fiddling work.

FID'DLE, v.t. To play a tune on a fiddle.