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

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The roots of the term go back to a venerable European lawn game known as skittles. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "The Evolution of ‘Kingpin,’ From Lawn Bowling to Drug Trafficking," 9 Nov. 2018 Users can pick from a seemingly endless selection of juice flavors, ranging from cotton candy to skittles and mango. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "E-cigarettes ubiquitous at schools despite all efforts: 'You won't find a kid in Georgia who hasn't vaped before'," 7 June 2018 Games for adults include a barrel race, Wellington throw, skittles, three- legged race and more. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Gaelic Park heritage event puts Irish arts, sports on display," 6 Sep. 2017 The game has to be close, which is why the A’s had a big supply of Skittles on the last road trip, but seldom broke them out. John Hickey, The Mercury News, "Meet the A’s secret weapon for rally time offense," 9 May 2017 The company that has given consumers M&M’s chocolates and Skittles for years is making a bid to dominate the fast-growing pet-care business with a $7.7 billion purchase of veterinary and dog day-care company VCA Inc. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Mars to Buy Vet Operator VCA for $7.7 Billion," 9 Jan. 2017 Others saw a clear link to white supremacist themes and to Trayvon Martin, the black teenager who went out to buy Skittles in 2012 and was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Florida. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles Tweet Fits a Pattern SEPT. 20, 2016," 20 Sep. 2016 One of the other big problems: people like to eat Skittles. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Edible Music Interface," 28 Jan. 2008

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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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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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