a stick for beating a drum.
the meaty leg of a chicken, duck, turkey, or other fowl.

Origin of drumstick

First recorded in 1580–90; drum1 + stick1
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Related Words for drumstick

wedge, bat, cane, bar, wand, club, rod, baton, stalk, strip, slab, shoot, ingot, ruler, rule, cudgel, stake, stave, bludgeon, stem

Examples from the Web for drumstick

Historical Examples of drumstick

  • It was near enough like parchment that had been beaten with many a drumstick.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • If you will wait like a good little girl, you shall have a drumstick.

    At the Little Brown House

    Ruth Alberta Brown

  • Oh dear me, there is but a drumstick and a merrythought left.

    Adrift in a Boat

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Then a wing is carved off, and lastly a leg, which he polishes to the smoothness of a drumstick.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • The drumstick seemed to have been predestined of all time to serve as a knocker.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for drumstick



a stick used for playing a drum
the lower joint of the leg of a cooked fowl
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Word Origin and History for drumstick

1580s, from drum (n.) + stick (n.); applied to the lower joint of cooked fowl 1764.

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