skittle
noun Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skutill harpoon, bolt, Danish skyttel shuttle — more at shuttle Date: 1634 1. plural 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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  • Skittle — Skit tle, a. Pertaining to the game of skittles. [1913 Webster] {Skittle alley}, an alley or court in which the game of skittles is played. {Skittle ball}, a disk or flattish ball of wood for throwing at the pins in the game of skittles. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skittle — ► NOUN 1) (skittles) (treated as sing. ) a game played with wooden pins set up at the end of an alley to be bowled down with a wooden ball. 2) a pin used in the game of skittles. 3) (also table skittles) a game played with similar pins set up on… …   English terms dictionary

  • skittle — [skit′ l] n. [prob. < Scand cognate of SHUTTLE (as in Dan skyttel, a shuttle, marble)] 1. [pl., with sing. v.] a British form of ninepins in which a wooden disk or ball is used to knock down the pins 2. any of these pins (not) all beer and… …   English World dictionary

  • Skittle — This interesting and unusual name, with variant spellings Skottle, Skittle(s) etc., derives from the Old English scyttel translating variously as a bar, bolt or shuttle, (related to the Old Scandinavian skyttel, a shuttle), and was originally… …   Surnames reference

  • skittle — UK [ˈskɪt(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms skittle : singular skittle plural skittles British a wooden or plastic object shaped like a bottle, used in the game of skittles …   English dictionary

  • skittle — An extremely inconspicuous act of revenge that results in no real harm done, but nevertheless provides the person seeking revenge with a sense of satisfaction. Tom forgot to take the trash out, so I left him a skittle I moved the bookmark seven… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • skittle — An extremely inconspicuous act of revenge that results in no real harm done, but nevertheless provides the person seeking revenge with a sense of satisfaction. Tom forgot to take the trash out, so I left him a skittle I moved the bookmark seven… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • skittle — [[t]skɪ̱t(ə)l[/t]] skittles 1) N COUNT A skittle is a wooden object used as a target in the game of skittles. [mainly BRIT] Syn: ninepin 2) N UNCOUNT Skittles is a game in which players try to knock over as many skittles as they can out of a… …   English dictionary

  • skittle — kėglis statusas T sritis Kūno kultūra ir sportas apibrėžtis Kėglių žaidimų taikinys – butelį primenanti medinė arba plastikinė figūra. Medtakio kėglis yra medinis, su plastiko apvalkalu; jo aukštis 38,1 cm, masė 1,305–1,640 kg. Kiltakio ir… …   Sporto terminų žodynas

  • skittle — /skit l/, n. Chiefly Brit. 1. skittles, (used with a sing. v.) ninepins in which a wooden ball or disk is used to knock down the pins. 2. one of the pins used in this game. [1625 35; perh. < Scand; cf ON skutill shuttle, arrow; Dan skyttel… …   Universalium

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