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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


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

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

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