Todays Word: “second fiddle”

Word: second fiddle


(SEK-uhnd FID-uhl)


noun: A secondary role. A person in such a role.


In an orchestra, the first violins carry the main melody while second violins are considered to be in a subordinate position. Earliest documented use: 1809.


“He [Bollywood actor Navin Nischol] was known to be egoistic and did not want to play second fiddle to any actor.”
Bharati Dubey; Navin Nischol Did Not Play Second Fiddle to Any Actor; The Times of India (New Delhi); Mar 20, 2011.

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2 thoughts on “Todays Word: “second fiddle”

  1. sunllite May 16, 2011 / 10:43 AM

    wow ! wonderful i enjoy reading stories in ur blog when am feeling stressed i read ur tweets and quotes it gives me peace and enthu keep sharing ur thoughts:)

    • SURYA May 16, 2011 / 7:25 PM

      Thank u sunny…:):)

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