spillikin
Spilikin Spil"i*kin, n. [OD. spelleken a small pin. See {Spill} a splinter.] One of a number of small pieces or pegs of wood, ivory, bone, or other material, for playing a game, or for counting the score in a game, as in cribbage. In the plural ({spilikins}), a game played with such pieces; pushpin. [Written also {spillikin}, {spilliken}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Spillikin — Spil li*kin, n. See {Spilikin}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spillikin — ► NOUN 1) (spillikins) (treated as sing. ) a game played with a heap of small rods of wood, bone, or plastic, in which players try to remove one at a time without disturbing the others. 2) a splinter or fragment. ORIGIN from SPILL(Cf. ↑spiller) …   English terms dictionary

  • spillikin — [spil′i kən] n. [< MDu spilleken, dim. of spille: see SPILE] Chiefly Brit. 1. any of the strips used in jackstraws 2. [pl., with sing. v.] the game of jackstraws: Also sp. spilikin …   English World dictionary

  • spillikin — noun Etymology: probably alteration of obsolete Dutch spelleken small peg Date: 1734 1. jackstraw 2 2. plural jackstraw 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spillikin — /spil i kin/, n. 1. a jackstraw. 2. spillikins, (used with a sing. v.) the game of jackstraws. Also, spilikin. [1725 35; var. of spellican < obs. D spelleken, equiv. to spelle peg, pin + ken KIN] * * * …   Universalium

  • spillikin — noun One of the straws used in the game of jackstraws (spillikins) Syn: jackstraw …   Wiktionary

  • spillikin — [ spɪlɪkɪn] noun 1》 (spillikins) [treated as sing.] a game played with a heap of small rods, in which players try to remove one at a time without disturbing the others. 2》 a splinter or fragment. Origin C18: from spill2 + kin …   English new terms dictionary

  • spillikin — spil·li·kin …   English syllables

  • spillikin — spil•li•kin or spil•i•kin [[t]ˈspɪl ɪ kɪn[/t]] n. 1) gam a jackstraw 2) gam spillikins, (used with a sing. v.) the game of jackstraws • Etymology: 1725–35; var. of spellican < obs. D spelleken=spelle peg, pin + ken kin …   From formal English to slang

  • spillikin — n. (also spellican) 1 a splinter of wood, bone, etc. 2 (in pl.) a game in which a heap of spillikins is to be removed one at a time without moving the others. Etymology: SPILL(2) + KIN …   Useful english dictionary

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