tid·​dly·​winks ˈti-dᵊl-ē-ˌwiŋ(k)s How to pronounce tiddlywinks (audio)
variants or less commonly tiddledywinks
plural in form but singular in construction
: a game whose object is to snap small disks from a flat surface into a small container

Example Sentences

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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Word History


probably from English dialect tiddly little, alteration of little

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tiddlywinks was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Tiddlywinks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiddlywinks. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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