1. [syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fiddle \Fid"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fiddled; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To play on a fiddle.
Themistocles . . . said he could not fiddle, but he
could make a small town a great city. --Bacon.
2. To keep the hands and fingers actively moving as a fiddler
does; to move the hands and fingers restlessy or in busy
idleness; to trifle.
Talking, and fiddling with their hats and feathers.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling
sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are
lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at
war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over
niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises";
"piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal
may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune
infraction" [syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian,
little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty,