Related to fiddle-de-dee: fiddling around


Used to express mild annoyance or impatience.

[From fiddle.]
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(ˌfɪdəldɪˈdiː) ,




rare an exclamation of impatience, disbelief, or disagreement
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or fid•dle•de•dee

(ˌfɪd l dɪˈdi)

(used to express irritation, dismissive indifference, or scorn.)
[1775–85; fiddle + nonsense syllables]
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