[fid-ler] /ˈfɪd lər/

a person who plays a .
a person who dawdles or trifles.
a person who plays the fiddle, esp in folk music
See fiddler crab
a person who wastes time or acts aimlessly
(informal) a cheat or petty rogue

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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