Definition of fiddle-de-dee in English:


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Pronunciation: /fɪd(ə)ldɪˈdiː


[mass noun, often as exclamation] dated
Nonsense: ‘Oh fiddle-de-dee! You know that very well,’ she answered
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  • Alice thought she saw a way out of the difficulty this time. ‘If you'll tell me what language fiddle-de-dee is, I'll tell you the French for it!’
  • Initially, he worked in the manner of Gainsborough, but slowly developed his own style of conveying nature and humble subjects so as to appear spontaneous and without what he called ‘fal-de-lal or fiddle-de-dee’.
  • And, fiddle-de-dee, he doesn't have to worry much about politics, either; some other book can do that.


late 18th century: from fiddle + a reduplication without meaning.

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