Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

FIDDER, v., n.1

I. v. To flutter, lit. and fig. (Kcb. 1950); to be in a state of excitement; to hover in a stationary position as a hawk, or a bird over its nest (Dmf. 1825 Jam.). Kcb. 1815  J. Gerrond Poet. Works 109:
Dear brither, I fidder At mention o' your name.
Dmf. 1894  Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 159:
There's a badly spelled letter announcing her engagement. She would be fiddering — i.e., she would be in a flutter.

II. n. A shudder “which overtakes one after ensconcing oneself under the blankets, esp. on a frosty night” (Kcb.4 1900).

[Freq. form of Fid. Cf. Whidder.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Fidder v., n.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Oct 2018 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
Browse Down