tiddlywinks

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
tid·​dly·​winks | \ ˈti-dᵊl-ē-ˌwiŋ(k)s How to pronounce tiddlywinks (audio) , ˈtid-lē- \
variants: or less commonly tiddledywinks \ ˈti-​dᵊl-​dē-​ˌwiŋ(k)s How to pronounce tiddlywinks (audio) \

Definition of tiddlywinks

: a game whose object is to snap small disks from a flat surface into a small container

Examples of tiddlywinks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If esports makes it into the Olympics, what would be next — tiddlywinks, checkers, chess? Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of tiddlywinks

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tiddlywinks

probably from English dialect tiddly little, alteration of little

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The first known use of tiddlywinks was in 1857

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17 Aug 2021

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“Tiddlywinks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiddlywinks. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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tiddlywinks

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tiddlywinks

: a children's game in which players make small discs jump into a small container by pressing on them with another disc

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