skittle

noun
skit·​tle | \ ˈski-tᵊl How to pronounce skittle (audio) \

Definition of skittle

1 skittles plural in form but singular in construction : English ninepins played with a wooden disk or ball
2 : one of the pins used in skittles

Examples of skittle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of skittle

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skittle

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

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The first known use of skittle was in 1634

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“Skittle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skittle. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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skittle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skittle

: 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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