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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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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