Definition of fiddle-footed in US English:



  • 1(of a horse) skittish.

    • ‘From sturdy hill breeds to fiddle-footed show ponies, these diminutive members of the horse family are certainly not short on character.’
    • ‘Gail Gardner brings back to us the world he lived in - stretching out steers, hunkering over campfires, crashing through brush on fiddle-footed horses, trailing in to the home corral, sore and tired after a day of wrestling muley cows.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) restless or apt to wander.
      ‘he was what we might consider a fiddle-footed missionary, moving from place to place’
      • ‘They were fiddle-footed, as folks said, always on the drift, not looking for trouble but not running from it, either.’
      • ‘When Walter falls in love with a boarding-house girl and begins dreaming of a farmer's life, the fiddle-footed Hewey, content for six bits a day, jumps at the chance to rescue him from his fate worse than death.’