conker

noun

conk·​er ˈkäŋ-kər How to pronounce conker (audio)
1
: a horse chestnut especially when used in conkers
2
conkers plural : a game in which each player swings a horse chestnut on a string to try to break one held by the opponent

Word History

Etymology

conch + -er entry 2, from the original use of a snail shell on a string in the game

First Known Use

circa 1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conker was circa 1886

Dictionary Entries Near conker

Cite this Entry

“Conker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conker. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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