Definition of Second fiddle

1. Noun. Someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role.

Exact synonyms: Second Banana
Generic synonyms: Foot Soldier, Subordinate, Subsidiary, Underling

2. Noun. A secondary role or function. "He hated to play second fiddle to anyone"
Generic synonyms: Function, Office, Part, Role

Definition of Second fiddle

1. Noun. (music) A fiddle part in harmony to the first fiddle. ¹

2. Noun. (music) The person playing second fiddle. ¹

3. Noun. (idiomatic) A sidekick or subordinate, or the role of such a person. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Second Fiddle

second best
second childhood
second conditional
second countable
second cousin
second cousin once removed
second cousins
second cranial nerve
second cuneiform bone
second deck
second degree A-V block
second degree burn
second down
second estate
second fiddle (current term)
second fiddles
second finger
second freedom rights
second gas effect
second gear
second gears
second grade
second grades
second growth
second guess
second guessed
second guesser
second guessers
second guesses

Literary usage of Second fiddle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of George Meredith by George Meredith (1896)
"We none of us like to play second fiddle. To play second fiddle to a young woman is an ... There could be no doubt that he was playing second fiddle to ..."

2. The Diary of Philip Hone, 1828-1851 by Philip Hone (1889)
"Mr. Gilmor said he played second fiddle to no man; all he wished to do was to stop the music of a man " Who, in the space of one revolving moon, ..."

3. Oral English in Secondary Schools by William Palmer Smith (1913)
"... to much hesitation in my choice of words, hardly correct in language, and yet I generally carried my points. second fiddle l From MESSAGE AND MELODY. ..."

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