Nautical A guardrail used on a table during rough weather to prevent things from slipping off.
Informal Nonsensical, trifling matters: "There are things that are important/beyond all this fiddle” ( Marianne Moore).
The act or an instance of cheating or swindling; a fraud.
To play a violin.
To move one's fingers or hands in a nervous fashion.
To occupy oneself in an aimless or desultory way: liked to fiddle with all the knobs and dials.
To meddle or tamper: a reporter who fiddled with the facts.
To commit a fraud, especially to steal from one's employer.
To play (a tune) on a violin.
To cheat or swindle.
To alter or falsify (accounts, for example) for dishonest gain.
fiddle away To waste or squander: fiddled away the morning with unnecessary tasks.