duck·​pin ˈdək-ˌpin How to pronounce duckpin (audio)
: a small bowling pin shorter than a tenpin but proportionately wider at mid-diameter
duckpins plural in form but singular in construction : a bowling game using duckpins

Examples of duckpin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With similar rules to 10-pin bowling, players of duckpin bowling roll with smaller balls, narrower pins, and smaller gutters. Miranda Jeyaretnam, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2023 Remembering a time when duckpin bowling ruled the roost in D.C. Pinsetters were also known as pin boys. John Kelly, Washington Post, 17 June 2023 Explore the Bottleworks District with lunch at The Garage Food Hall (think: poke bowls, artisan cocktails and ice cream), a deep-tissue massage at Woodhouse Day Spa, duckpin bowling at Pins Mechanical and movies at Living Room Theater. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, 11 June 2023 The sport has made a comeback in the District since then, but the game is 10-pin, the bruising older brother of duckpins. John Kelly, Washington Post, 10 June 2023 After community outcry over the closing of a historic Canton duckpin bowling alley, a smaller version is slated to reopen with a bar as soon as this winter, developers say. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 24 Apr. 2023 The 47-year-old Navy veteran would attract new bowlers to the Canton duckpin alley. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 6 Dec. 2022 The basement, formerly used for storage, has become a 12-lane duckpin bowling center, with a pinball wing to the side. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 Every other lane was available at both Greenmount and Thunderhead, for duckpin and tenpin bowling, since alleys are operating at 50% capacity amid the pandemic, and masks were required unless people were eating or drinking. Pat Stoetzer,, 31 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of duckpin was circa 1911

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“Duckpin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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