(used to express impatience, dismissal, etc.)




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

Origin of fiddlestick

First recorded in 1400–50, fiddlestick is from the late Middle English word fidillstyk. See fiddle, stick1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fiddlesticks

Historical Examples of fiddlesticks

  • 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!"


    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

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

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 © 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper