matchstick

[ mach-stik ]
/ ˈmætʃˌstɪk /
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noun

a short, slender piece of flammable wood used in making matches.
something that suggests a matchstick, as in thinness or fragility.

Nearby words

  1. matchlist,
  2. matchlock,
  3. matchmaker,
  4. matchmaking,
  5. matchmark,
  6. matchup,
  7. matchwood,
  8. matchy-matchy,
  9. mate,
  10. mate's rates

Origin of matchstick

First recorded in 1785–95; match1 + stick1

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British Dictionary definitions for matchstick

matchstick

/ (ˈmætʃˌstɪk) /

noun

the wooden part of a match

adjective

made with or as if with matchsticksa matchstick model
(esp of figures drawn with single strokes) thin and straightmatchstick men
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