noun[mass noun, often as exclamation] dated
Nonsense: ‘Oh fiddle-de-dee! You know that very well,’ she answered
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of fiddle-de-dee in:
- The US English dictionary