crab·​stick ˈkrab-ˌstik How to pronounce crabstick (audio)
: a stick, cane, or cudgel of crab apple tree wood
: a crabbed ill-natured person

Word History

First Known Use

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crabstick was in 1636

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“Crabstick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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