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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. (informal) small and of little importance;
- Example: "a fiddling sum of money"
- Example: "a footling gesture"
- Example: "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"
- Example: "a little (or small) matter"
- Example: "a dispute over niggling details"
- Example: "limited to petty enterprises"
- Example: "piffling efforts"
- Example: "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, picayune, trivial]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fiddle \Fid"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fiddled; p. pr. & vb. n. Fiddling.] 1. To play on a fiddle. [1913 Webster] Themistocles . . . said he could not fiddle, but he could make a small town a great city. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Talking, and fiddling with their hats and feathers. --Pepys. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

fiddling 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, picayune, trivial]