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Definition 1: bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for fiddle in the sense of this definition

(fiddle is a kind of ...) stringed instruments that are played with a bow

"the strings played superlatively well"

(... is a kind of fiddle ) a violin made by Nicolo Amati or a member of his family

(... is a kind of fiddle ) a violin made by a member of the Guarneri family

(... is a kind of fiddle ) a violin made by Antonio Stradivari or a member of his family

(fiddle is a part of ...) a rest on which a violinist can place the chin

(fiddle is a part of ...) a bow used in playing the violin

Definition 2: try to fix or mend - [verb of change]

Samples where fiddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right
  • She always fiddles with her van on the weekend

Synonyms for fiddle in the sense of this definition

(fiddle is a kind of ...) restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

"She repaired her TV set" "Repair my shoes please"

Definition 3: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination - [verb of contact]

Samples where fiddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She played nervously with her wedding ring
  • Don't fiddle with the screws
  • He played with the idea of running for the Senate

Synonyms for fiddle in the sense of this definition

(fiddle is a kind of ...) hold something in one's hands and move it

(... is a kind of fiddle ) cause to be out on a fielding play

Definition 4: play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly - [verb of contact]

Samples where fiddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Someone tampered with the documents on my desk
  • The reporter fiddle with the facts

Synonyms for fiddle in the sense of this definition

(fiddle is a kind of ...) hold something in one's hands and move it

Definition 5: play the violin or fiddle - [verb of creation]

(fiddle is a kind of ...) perform music on (a musical instrument)

"He plays the flute" "Can you play on this old recorder?"

(fiddle has a similar meaning as ...) play on a violin

"Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"

(fiddle belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

Definition 6: play on a violin - [verb of creation]

Samples where fiddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely

(fiddle is a kind of ...) replay (as a melody)

"Play it again, Sam" "She played the third movement very beautifully"

(fiddle has a similar meaning as ...) play the violin or fiddle

(fiddle belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 7: commit fraud and steal from one's employer - [verb of possession]

Samples where fiddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We found out that she had been fiddling for years

(fiddle is a kind of ...) appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use

"The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"

Samples where fiddle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The derelict soldier shirked his duties

Synonyms for fiddle in the sense of this definition

(fiddle is a kind of ...) refrain from doing something

"She refrains from calling her therapist too often" "He should avoid publishing his wife's memories"

(... is a kind of fiddle ) British military language: avoid work

(... is a kind of fiddle ) avoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill

(... is a kind of fiddle ) avoid responsibilities and work, be idle

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