1. frivolous, fussy, petty ...1830
2. insignificant; trivial; worthless ...Bk1942 Am. sl.
1. one who gives fussy attention to trifles; one who is over-nice and particular; a fastidious person ...1754
2. a petty matter of detail, a crotchet, a trifle ...1875
3. a slow pace ...Bk1900 Eng. dial.
to go slowly; to waste time; to fuss, to trifle, to potter about ...Bk1875 Eng. dial.
short for fiddle-faddle (n. adj. & int.)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1754 - see EXAMPLE below
"...The eldest of my cousins is a very jolly free-hearted girl, and so great an enemy to all kinds of form, that you seldom see her with so much as a pin in her gown; while the youngest, who thinks in her heart that her sister is no better than a slattern, runs into the contrary extreme, and is, in everything she does, an absolute fidfad. She takes up almost as much time to put on a gown, as her sister does to dirty one..."
From: The World
No. 95. Thursday, October 24, 1754
:To Mr. Fitz-Adam."
Edited by Edward Moore