• synonyms


  1. (used to express impatience, dismissal, etc.)
Show More


  1. anything; a bit: I don't care a fiddlestick for what they say.
Show More

Origin of fiddlestick

First recorded in 1400–50, fiddlestick is from the late Middle English word fidillstyk. See fiddle, stick1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fiddlesticks

Historical Examples

  • Simply to say you're going to make your fortune is all fiddlesticks and folly.

    Our Home in the Silver West

    Gordon Stables

  • "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!"


    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

  • You're worrying your brain into fiddlesticks—fiddlestrings I mean, of course.

British Dictionary definitions for fiddlesticks


  1. informal a violin bow
  2. any meaningless or inconsequential thing; trifle
  3. fiddlesticks! an expression of annoyance or disagreement
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper