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[fid-l-stiks] /ˈfɪd lˌstɪks/
(used to express impatience, dismissal, etc.)


[fid-l-stik] /ˈfɪd lˌstɪk/
anything; a bit:
I don't care a fiddlestick for what they say.
Origin of fiddlestick
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, fiddlestick is from the late Middle English word fidillstyk. See fiddle, stick1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fiddlesticks
Historical Examples
  • Simply to say you're going to make your fortune is all fiddlesticks and folly.

  • "fiddlesticks, Alec," was his polite remark to his brother when he asked him not to get up.

    In Quest of Gold Alfred St. Johnston
  • "Thought-transference, fiddlesticks," we may hear him cry, in imagination.

    Dynamic Thought William Walker Atkinson
  • When we urged the obvious facts he would say: "fiddlesticks!"

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • You're worrying your brain into fiddlesticks—fiddlestrings I mean, of course.

  • fiddlesticks for the Blairsdales say I, when certain things should be done.

    Three Little Women

    Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • Nannie B. and fiddlesticks have our best thanks for their letters.

  • When I inquire what this means, Penelope says, "fiddlesticks!"

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • fiddlesticks about harm; what harm can come to her, I should like to know?

    The Argosy Various
  • Mrs Potter, being “of the same opinion still,” felt inclined to say “fiddlesticks!”

    The Story of the Rock R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for fiddlesticks


(informal) a violin bow
any meaningless or inconsequential thing; trifle
fiddlesticks!, an expression of annoyance or disagreement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fiddlesticks



usually fiddlesticks; 15c., originally "the bow of a fiddle," from fiddle (n.) and stick (n.). Meaning "nonsense" is from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fiddlesticks



Nonsense; foolishness; bullshit: When I explained, she only said, ''Fiddlesticks!''

[1857+; the singular form is found by 1600]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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