skittle

play
noun skit·tle \ˈski-təl\

Definition of skittle

  1. 1 plural but sing in constr :  English ninepins played with a wooden disk or ball

  2. 2 :  one of the pins used in skittles

Origin and Etymology of skittle

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


First Known Use: 1634


SKITTLE Defined for English Language Learners

skittle

play
noun skit·tle \ˈski-təl\

Definition of skittle for English Language Learners

  • skittles : a British game played by rolling a wooden ball toward a set of objects in order to knock over as many objects as possible

  • : one of the objects that a player tries to knock over in a game of skittles


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