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British English: /ˈfɪd(ə)l/
American English: /ˈfɪdl/

Translation of fiddle in German:


  • 1 (Music)
    (informal or pejorative)
    Fiedel Fem.
    (violin for traditional or folk music) Geige Fem.
    Fiedel Fem.
    [as] fit as a fiddle a face as long as a fiddle [figurative]
    ein Gesicht wie drei od. sieben Tage Regenwetter [informal]
    play first/second fiddle [figurative]
    die erste/zweite Geige spielen [informal]
    play second fiddle to somebody
    in jemandes Schatten Dat. stehen
  • 2 [informal] (swindle)
    Gaunerei Fem.
    it's some sort of fiddle
    an der Sache ist was faul [informal]
    it's all a fiddle
    das ist alles Schiebung [informal]
    get something by a fiddle
    sich Dat. etwas ergaunern
    be on the fiddle
    krumme Dinger machen [informal]

intransitive verb

  • 2fiddle about [informal] (waste time)
    herumtrödeln [informal] (be frivolous) [herum]schludern [informal]
    fiddle about with or away at something (work on to adjust etc.)
    an etwas Dat. herumfummeln [informal] (tinker with) an etwas Dat. herumbasteln [informal]
    fiddle at something
    an etwas Dat. herumspielen od. herumfingern
    fiddle with something (play with)
    mit etwas herumspielen
  • 3 [informal] (deceive)
    krumme Dinger drehen [informal]
    he fiddled, lied, and cheated
    er hat geschoben, gelogen und betrogen

transitive verb

  • [informal]
    (falsify) frisieren [informal] (Bücher, Rechnungen)
    (get by cheating) [sich Dat. ] ergaunern [informal]
    fiddle one's way into something [by lying/cheating]
    sich [mit Lügen/Betrügereien] in etwas Akk. einschleichen
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