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English noun: fiddle

1. fiddle (artifact) 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


Synonymsviolin


Broader (hypernym)bowed stringed instrument, string


Narrower (hyponym)Amati, Guarnerius, Strad, Stradavarius


Part holonymchin rest, fiddlestick, violin bow


English verb: fiddle

1. fiddle (social) avoid (one's assigned duties)


SamplesThe derelict soldier shirked his duties.


Synonymsgoldbrick, shirk, shrink from


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)avoid


Narrower (hyponym)malinger, scrimshank, skulk, slack

2. fiddle (possession) commit fraud and steal from one's employer


SamplesWe found out that she had been fiddling for years.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)defalcate, embezzle, malversate, misappropriate, peculate

3. fiddle (creation) play the violin or fiddle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)play


Verb groupfiddle


Domain categorymusic

4. fiddle (creation) play on a violin


SamplesZuckerman fiddled that song very nicely.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)play, spiel


Verb groupfiddle


Domain categorymusic

5. fiddle (contact) manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination


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


Synonymsdiddle, play, toy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)manipulate


Narrower (hyponym)put out, retire

6. fiddle (contact) play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly


SamplesSomeone tampered with the documents on my desk.
The reporter fiddle with the facts.


Synonymsmonkey, tamper


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)manipulate

7. fiddle (change) try to fix or mend


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


Synonymstinker


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on









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