Definition of fiddler in English:

fiddler

Syllabification: fid·dler
Pronunciation: /ˈfidlər, ˈfidl-ər
 
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noun

  • 1 informal A person who plays the violin, especially one who plays folk music.
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    • I have a recording of a very attractive violin concerto with fiddler Louis Kaufman and Bernard Herrmann conducting.
    • All young whistlers, flautists, fiddlers and other musicians are invited to play a few tunes in what should be an informal and uncompetitive setting.
    • The next week they toured Europe with a Bartok third quartet that had virtuoso fiddlers agape with admiration.
  • 2British informal A person who cheats or swindles, especially one indulging in petty theft.
    More example sentences
    • A dole fiddler uses benefit fraud to finance her passion for buying shoes.
    • What a fiddler Keith is - he thinks he won't be caught but Keith is gonna end up in court.

Origin

Old English fithelere, from fithele (see fiddle).

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