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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 ?
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.
Him the pleasant banks of sweetly-winding Stour had nourished, where he first learnt the vocal art, with which, wandering up and down at wakes and fairs, he cheered the rural nymphs and swains, when upon the green they interweaved the sprightly dance; while he himself stood fiddling and jumping to his own music.
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.
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.
All Gloucester men, wasn't they," said Tom Platt, fiddling helplessly with a dory-becket.