from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as fiddle-bow.
  • noun A mere nothing; chiefly as an exclamation, nonsense! fiddle-de-dee! often in the plural, fiddlesticks!

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The bow, strung with horsehair, used in playing the fiddle; a fiddle bow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A bow used to play the fiddle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a bow used in playing the violin


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  • "It be a kind of fiddlestick!" said the enraged Master Chuter; and turning round his eye fell on Jan, who was looking as disconsolate as himself.

    Jan of the Windmill Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing 1863

  • “A viper — a fiddlestick,” said Miss Sharp to the old lady, almost fainting with astonishment.

    Vanity Fair 2006

  • And this was the first time George Esmond Warrington, Esquire, was ever called a fiddlestick.

    The Virginians 2006

  • “Lead him to fiddlestick, Hedzoff,” said a female voice.

    The Rose and the Ring 2006

  • “A tear — a fiddlestick, MR. STERNE,” I growled out, for of course I knew my friend in the wig and satin breeches to be no other than the notorious, nay, celebrated Mr. Laurence

    Roundabout Papers 2006

  • “Should be a fiddlestick, my dear,” the old Colonel answered.

    The Virginians 2006

  • My Lord confesses that there is some weight in this argument: but then pleads sentiment: my Lady says, a fiddlestick for sentiment, after having been married so long.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman 2005

  • ‘Imperial fiddlestick!’ said the King, rubbing his nose, which had been hurt by the fall.

    Through the Looking Glass 2003

  • I declare, said my uncle Toby, smit with pity, I know of none; unless it be the pleasure which it has pleased God! A fiddlestick! quoth she.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman 2003

  • Your card-purse? you a card-purse! you a fiddlestick.

    The Journal to Stella 2003


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