fiddling


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fid·dling

 (fĭd′lĭng)
adj.
Trivial; petty.

fiddling

(ˈfɪdlɪŋ)
adj
1. trifling or insignificant; petty
2. another word for fiddly

fid•dling

(ˈfɪd lɪŋ)

adj.
trifling; trivial: a fiddling sum.
[1645–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fiddling - (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unimportant - not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant"

fiddling

adjective trivial, small, petty, trifling, insignificant, unimportant, pettifogging, futile There were a thousand fiddling jobs to do.
Translations

fiddling

[ˈfɪdlɪŋ]
B. N (= cheating) → chanchullos mpl

fiddling

adj (= trivial)läppisch

fiddling

[ˈfɪdlɪŋ]
1. adjinsignificante
fiddling little job → lavoretto
2. n (fam) (cheating) → imbrogli mpl
References in classic literature ?
Heat, however, will melt the proudest head and reduce to fiddling strings the finest product of the waving- pin; so anxious mothers were stationed over their offspring, waving palm-leaf fans, it having been decided that the supreme instant when the town clock struck ten should be the one chosen for releasing the prisoners from their self-imposed tortures.
But by far the larger part engaged in such sports and merriments as playing ball, wres- tling, running foot-races, fiddling, dancing, and drinking whisky; and this latter mode of spending the time was by far the most agreeable to the feel- ings of our masters.
Bob obeyed, and Solomon walked in, fiddling as he walked, for he would on no account break off in the middle of a tune.
For hours at a time, he remained locked up in his bedroom with his daughter, fiddling and singing, very, very softly.
Here voyageurs frolicked away their wages, fiddling and dancing in the booths and cabins, buying all kinds of knick-knacks, dressing themselves out finely, and parading up and down, like arrant braggarts and coxcombs.
Arriving at the table, she began fiddling with its contents.
Nero fiddling o'er burning Rome," the assassination of Caesar, the stirring spectacle of a hundred thousand people bending forward with rapt interest, in the coliseum, to see two skillful gladiators hacking away each others' lives, a tiger springing upon a kneeling martyr--these and a thousand other matters which we read of with a living interest, must be sought for only in books--not among the rubbish left by the old masters--who are no more, I have the satisfaction of informing the public.
How impotent they were, fiddling about all day long with papers
He had a tolerable knack of fiddling, which all appreciated save the First Mate, who sprang from the sofa as if he had been shot, emitted a shriek of protest, and fled wildly up the stairs.
So we sat, dry, upon the stools, listening to the Dagoes fiddling on deck.
It's only while we are fiddling around here that the Admiral's jumpy about things.
He is the five-time Tennessee Fiddle Champion and twenty-eight year veteran of the professional Nashville music scene, performs on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar with the highlight being virtuoso fiddling in the contest, old-time, Celtic, and swing styles.