fiddlestick

[fid-l-stik]

Origin of fiddlestick

First recorded in 1400–50, fiddlestick is from the late Middle English word fidillstyk. See fiddle, stick1
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British Dictionary definitions for fiddlestick

fiddlestick

noun
  1. informal a violin bow
  2. any meaningless or inconsequential thing; trifle
  3. fiddlesticks! an expression of annoyance or disagreement
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Word Origin and History for fiddlestick
n.

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

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