(used to express impatience, dismissal, etc.)

Nearby words

  1. fiddler,
  2. fiddler beetle,
  3. fiddler crab,
  4. fiddlerfish,
  5. fiddlestick,
  6. fiddlewood,
  7. fiddling,
  8. fiddly,
  9. fide,
  10. fidei defensor




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

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British Dictionary definitions for fiddlesticks



informal a violin bow
any meaningless or inconsequential thing; trifle
fiddlesticks! an expression of annoyance or disagreement
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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.

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