different between saddle vs faddle




  • IPA(key): /?sæd?l/, [?sædl?]
  • Rhymes: -æd?l

Etymology 1

From Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol, from Proto-Germanic *sadulaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sod-d?lo-, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- (to sit) + *-d?lom (instrumental suffix). Cognate with Scots sadil, Saterland Frisian Soadel, West Frisian seal, Dutch zadel, Low German Sadel, German Sattel, Danish sadel, Swedish sadel, Icelandic söðull, Russian ?????? (sedló).


saddle (plural saddles)

  1. A seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal.
  2. An item of harness (harness saddle) placed on the back of a horse or other animal.
  3. A seat on a bicycle, motorcycle, etc.
  4. A cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone.
    • 1870, The Cook and Housewife's Manual (5th edition)
      A modern refinement is to put laver in the dripping-pan, which, in basting, imparts a high gout: or a large saddle may be served over a pound and a half of laver, stewed in brown sauce with catsup []
  5. A low point, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 483:
      With Lizzie leading, they scrambled quickly over several false peaks towards the saddle.
  6. (mining) A formation of gold-bearing quartz occurring along the crest of an anticlinal fold, especially in Australia.
  7. The raised floorboard in a doorway.
  8. (construction) A small tapered or sloped area structure that helps channel surface water to drains.
  9. (nautical) A block of wood, usually fastened to one spar and shaped to receive the end of another.
  10. (engineering) A part, such as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support.
  11. The clitellum of an earthworm.
  12. Any of the saddle-like markings on a boa constrictor.
  13. A saddle shoe.
    • 1972, Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (page 56)
      'Brown-and-white saddles for Fudge and loafers for Peter.'
      'OK, Peter... let's see how those feet have grown.'
      I slipped out of my old shoes and stood up.
  14. (music, lutherie) That part of a guitar which supports the strings and, in an acoustic guitar, transfers their vibrations via the bridge to the soundboard.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English sadelen, from Old English sadolian, from Proto-Germanic *sadul?n?.


saddle (third-person singular simple present saddles, present participle saddling, simple past and past participle saddled)

  1. (transitive) To put a saddle on (an animal).
  2. To get into a saddle.
  3. (transitive) To burden or encumber.

See also

  • sidle


  • ? Japanese: ??? (sadoru)


  • “saddle”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.


  • addles, daleds

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Compare fiddle, fiddle-faddle.


faddle (third-person singular simple present faddles, present participle faddling, simple past and past participle faddled)

  1. To trifle; to toy.
  2. (Britain, dialect) To fondle; to dandle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)


  • (to trifle): fiddle
  • (to fondle): dawt, grope, pettle, tiddle; see also Thesaurus:fondle

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