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 What’s the most musical part of a turkey? Answer: The drumstick. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 28 July 2022 This episode is a real turkey drumstick of a good time, in other words. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 20 July 2022 The town also used to decorate him for every holiday: a pair of cupid’s wings for Valentine’s Day, light-up bunny ears for Easter and a massive drumstick for Thanksgiving. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 June 2022 Tsukune, ground chicken formed in the shape of a drumstick and served with an egg yolk for dipping, is exceptional. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 Arrange veal, beef and pork on 6 skewers; pressing pieces of meat closely together forming the shape of a drumstick. Philip Potempa, Chicago Tribune, 20 May 2022 Kelbie didn't complete his quest to break 21 records but still holds titles for most drumstick flips in one minute, fastest time to build a 10-toilet-roll pyramid, longest duration spinning a basketball on the nose and 10 others. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2022 To get the rushed snare of the beats from the as-yet-unreleased Fantastic, Vol. 2, Questlove trained himself to let his drumstick fall on the snare just slightly too soon after the kick drum. Dan Charnas, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2022 But the biggest prep: Stan spent months learning to play the drums, Tommy Lee style, complete with the drumstick twirl. Michael Schneider, Variety, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drumstick

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drumstick was in 1589

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2 Aug 2022

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“Drumstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumstick. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for drumstick


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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