skit·​tle ˈski-tᵊl How to pronounce skittle (audio)
skittles plural in form but singular in construction : English ninepins played with a wooden disk or ball
: one of the pins used in skittles

Examples of skittle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No matter the concentration, there are five unique flavors available: skittles, peppermint, lemon lime, choco mint, and cinnamon. Dr. Diana Rangaves, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Customers will be able to try the limited-edition skittles and have the chance to purchase some French’s merch. Amaris Encinas, USA TODAY, 26 July 2023 The roots of the term go back to a venerable European lawn game known as skittles. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2018 Games for adults include a barrel race, Wellington throw, skittles, three- legged race and more. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, 6 Sep. 2017

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Word History


perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skutill harpoon, bolt, Danish skyttel shuttle — more at shuttle

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skittle was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Skittle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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