Definition of fiddle-faddle in English:

fiddle-faddle

noun

mass noun
  • Trivial matters; nonsense.

    • ‘There is, however, a glue that holds all this fiddle-faddle together and gives it a certain inner logic.’
    • ‘And what is all that fiddle-faddle about the door sticking just by getting shut all the way?’

verb

[no object]
  • Mess about; fuss.

    ‘you haven't time to fiddle-faddle about like that’
    • ‘It's easier to stop at fast food restaurants than fiddle faddle around and make breakfast?’
    • ‘We shouldn't fiddle-faddle around with the Samurai-Cons on the loose.’
    fool about, fool around, play about, play around, clown about, clown around, fiddle-faddle, footle about, footle around
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Origin

Late 16th century: reduplication of fiddle.

Pronunciation

fiddle-faddle

/ˈfɪd(ə)lfad(ə)l/