keg·​ler | \ ˈke-glər How to pronounce kegler (audio) , ˈkā- How to pronounce kegler (audio) \

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Some historians trace the game of bowling back to the Stone Age (that information may conjure up images of Fred Flintstone on the lanes), but it was a medieval version of the game that gave us the word kegler. In medieval Germany, the game was practiced as a test of religious faith and purity. The "Kegel" (bowling pin) represented a heathen, and those who could topple it with a round stone proved that they were free of sin. "Kegel" gave English the nouns "kegling" (meaning "bowling") and "kegler," by way of the German verb kegeln ("to bowl"). Nowadays, both words tend to be used humorously by writers referring to the modern game.

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Recent Examples on the Web But there’s one mom-and-pop San Antonio institution, the 44-lane Astro Superbowl, opened in 1960 and catering to a crowd that includes almost 1,000 league keglers a week. Bruce Selcraig,, "After 75 years, one of San Antonio’s weirdest intersections will get a makeover," 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of kegler

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kegler

German, from kegeln to bowl, from Kegel bowling pin, from Old High German kegil stake, peg

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8 Jan 2020

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“Kegler.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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