Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Fiddle"

The meaning of "Fiddle" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does "Fiddle"

He is as fit as a fiddle though he is already seventy. mean?
A: A fiddle is a violin. I don't know why it is associated with health.
Q: What does fiddle around mean?
A: Fiddle around is an idiom.
It means to waste time doing unimportant things.

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It’s an odd phrase actually.
A fiddle is a musical instrument- it is a violin.

To fiddle - is to play the instrument.
To play the violin ( or fiddle) takes a lot of skill and practice
and isn’t a waste of time. It can lead to beautiful music.

But we have a number of idioms with the word “ fiddle
that turn the activity of playing
into something of no consequence:

He fiddled while Rome burned.

It seems to be saying building a house with a saw, nails and hammer is more important than playing this instrument.

It’s a bit puzzling how this idiom got made.

Q: What does fiddle about mean?
A: My dad likes to fiddle about with old computers.
Q: What does fiddle and fidget mean?
A: It means when you're moving around because you can't sit still. Examples would be foot tapping, biting nails, playing with hair etc. Maybe because you are nervous.

Example sentences using "Fiddle"

Q: Please show me example sentences with fiddle.
A: Keep in mind the two uses for the word.

Fiddle is a musical instrument like a violin. It requires excellent finger skills. A fiddle player is called a fiddler. When they are playing a fiddle we say they are fiddling.

We then borrowed the word fiddling to describe you playing with anything using your hands. Fiddle is often used with play/playing. So it is assumed that if you are fiddling with something, you are not doing anything serious. You are just playing with it.

Synonyms of "Fiddle" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between fiddle and violin ?
A: fiddle se le dice al que se usa para tocar en musica country (folk) y violin es el instrumento en sí (música clasica por lo general). aunque solo le digas violín te entenderan de cualquier manera ya que en realidad son lo mismo solo que se le dice fiddle cuando se toca en esa clase de música
Q: What is the difference between fiddle and violin ?
A: Imagine a businessman who works in a serious company.

After work he goes to a bar, gets drunk and parties until 4 A.M.


At work he's the violin.
Outside of work, he's the fiddle.


Origin of the word "violin"

violin -> viola -> vitula (Latin)


Origin of the word "fiddle"

fiddle -> fiðele -> fidula (Old High German)

The words are probably related.
Q: What is the difference between fiddle and violin ?
A: They are pretty much the exact same thing. The only difference is the type of music they are used for. Fiddles play folk or traditional music styles, whereas violins play composition based styles (classical music, jazz, etc).

Translations of "Fiddle"

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? As for as a fiddle
A: As fit as a fiddle. It means that you are healthy and feeling well.
"I had a cold yesterday, but this morning I am fit as a fiddle."
"He just needs a few days rest and then he will be fit as a fiddle."

Other questions about "Fiddle"

Q: How can I use "fiddle"?
A: If someone is let's say for example nervous and they're playing a lot with a piece of paper in their hand unconsciously, you can say that they're fiddling with the piece of paper
Q: He tends to fiddle at work at around closing hour. I'm quite certain he does that even when he has nothing to do.
What a waste of time! unfortunately he is my boss does this sound natural?
A: "Fiddle around" means to mess around/not do what he should be. I changed "around" to "near" just because saying around twice sounds weird.

Also, since "fiddle around" means not doing what he should, you should make the second sentence "even when he has something to do."

If you have more questions, feel free to ask! :)
Q: she played the fiddle in an irish band, but she fell in love with an english man. 🥀 does this sound natural?
A: Check the question to view the answer

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