nine·​pin | \ ˈnīn-ˌpin How to pronounce ninepin (audio) \

Definition of ninepin

1 ninepins plural in form but singular in construction : a bowling game resembling tenpins played without the headpin or having the nine pins in a diamond-shaped configuration with one pin in the center
2 : a pin used in ninepins

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Recent Examples on the Web This includes his longtime personal assistant, his blue-collar brother and the women who fall for him like ninepins — all given vibrant life by the director, Neil Pepe, and a cast that finds the individual quirkiness in everyday stereotypes. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Hold On to Me Darling,’ a Study of Bad Faith (and Behavior)," 14 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of ninepin

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ninepin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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