bilboquet

noun

bil·​bo·​quet
ˌbilbəˈket
plural -s
: a device having a cup or spike at the top of a stick to which is attached a ball on a string
also : the game of maneuvering the device so as to catch the ball in the cup or on the spike compare cup and ball

Word History

Etymology

French, from Middle French billeboquet, from bille ball (of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German bickel die, ankle) + bouquer to thrust, from bouc male goat, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish bocc male goat

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near bilboquet

Cite this Entry

“Bilboquet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilboquet. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!