drum·​stick | \ ˈdrəm-ˌstik How to pronounce drumstick (audio) \

Definition of drumstick

1 : a stick for beating a drum
2 : the segment of a fowl's leg between the thigh and tarsus

Examples of drumstick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But to imagine otherwise, to picture, in the dreamspace of advertising, the family gathered around the Bargain Bucket, remains a worthwhile endeavour for dipping-sauce and drumstick-mongers. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, "The secret economics of Christmas adverts, unwrapped," 4 Dec. 2020 Toddlers can bang on him with a drumstick, rattle his fins or shake up the beads in his belly. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 2020 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards," 20 Oct. 2020 Plunkett said the group surrounded his vehicle and pounded on it with a drumstick, fists and a bicycle as the lawyer and the rest of his group sat inside. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Protester charged with damaging vehicle of lawyer for ex-cop charged in George Floyd case," 12 Oct. 2020 An antique cigarette holder, a lace glove, a vinyl record and a drumstick are among the items Nicoll has been impressed to unpack from the monthly boxes. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore-based murder mystery game ’Hunt A Killer’ has surged in popularity during coronavirus lockdown," 22 Sep. 2020 And on Thursday, the 10-year-old delivered — matching the former Nirvana drummer’s performance down to the drumstick twirls, all while bearing a giant, infectious smile. Christi Carras, chicagotribune.com, "Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl loses first round of drum battle with 10-year-old prodigy," 5 Sep. 2020 Slice down, between the breast and drumstick, with a chef’s knife, aiming right for where the joint is. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Properly Carve a Turkey Like a Pro," 28 Aug. 2020 So separate the the drumstick from the thigh by cutting through the knee joint. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Butcher and Cook Wild Turkey Thighs and Drumsticks," 6 May 2020 Food retailers across North America are swapping boneless chicken legs for less popular thighs and drumsticks as a wave of shutdowns at meatpacking plants has reduced supplies of sought-after cuts. Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg.com, "Boneless Chicken Starts to Vanish in U.S. Meatpacking Shutdowns," 5 May 2020

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First Known Use of drumstick

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Drumstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumstick. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drumstick

: the lower part of the leg of a bird (such as a chicken or turkey) that is eaten as food
: a stick used for playing a drum


drum·​stick | \ ˈdrəm-ˌstik How to pronounce drumstick (audio) \

Kids Definition of drumstick

1 : a stick for beating a drum
2 : the lower section of the leg of a bird eaten for food


drum·​stick | \ -ˌstik How to pronounce drumstick (audio) \

Medical Definition of drumstick

: a small projection from the cell nucleus that occurs especially in neutrophils of the normal human female and is comprised of an inactivated condensed X chromosome

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