fiddlesticks

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to express mild annoyance or impatience.

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  • interjection Nonsense! Expresses disbelief or disdain.
  • interjection Expresses mild dismay or annoyance.
  • noun Plural form of fiddlestick.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From pl. of fiddlestick, bow for playing a fiddle.]

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  • Aww fiddlesticks!

    August 16, 2007

  • One might wonder why the plural for a singular item used for bowing stringed instruments. Here's why I believe the definition associated with this page is incorrect.

    In old-time music the fiddle is sometimes played by two people at the same time, with one player bowing and fingering, while a second player stands to the side and taps out a rhythm on the fiddle strings using two small-diameter sticks or dowels called fiddlesticks (also spelled "fiddle sticks"). This technique is also called "beating the straws".

    September 27, 2009

  • found something i liked on the images on 'fiddlesticks' of all things. first time thats ever happened. usually the pics are LAME.

    incidentally this is the pic here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ravenelle/2746349815

    August 10, 2011