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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fiddlestick, violin bownoun

    a bow used in playing the violin


  1. fiddlesticknoun

    A bow used to play the fiddle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fiddlesticknoun

    The bow and hair which a fiddler draws over the strings of a fiddle.

    Etymology: fiddle and stick.

    His grisly beard was long and thick,
    With which he strung his fiddlestick. Hudibras, p. i.


  1. fiddlestick

    Fiddlesticks are traditional instruments used to add percussion to old-time and Cajun fiddle music, allowing two people to play the fiddle at the same time. While the fiddler plays in normal fashion, a second person uses a pair of straws, sticks, or knitting needles to tap out a rhythm on the strings over the upper fingerboard (between the bow and the fiddler's fingering hand). Also called "beating the straws" or "playing the straws," this technique probably arose in the eastern United States. British folklorist Fred McCormick reports that he has never encountered it among British and Irish fiddlers, and suggests that it may have arisen on American plantations as a substitute for African musical instruments. The technique has become rarer over time as the music has changed, but numerous examples have been recorded, for example in the "Mardi Gras Jig" by a group led by Cajun fiddler and singer Dewey Balfa, or by Al and Emily Cantrell.


  1. fiddlestick

    A fiddlestick is the bow used to play a violin or other stringed instruments. It's a thin rod, often made of wood, with horsehair or synthetic material stretched between its ends. Alternatively, in a colloquial context, the term fiddlestick can also be used as an exclamation to express irritation or disbelief.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fiddlesticknoun

    the bow, strung with horsehair, used in playing the fiddle; a fiddle bow

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fiddlestick in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fiddlestick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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