noun Chiefly British.
skittles, (used with a singular verb) ninepins in which a wooden ball or disk is used to knock down the pins.
one of the pins used in this game.

1625–35; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skutill shuttle, arrow; Danish skyttel shuttle Unabridged
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skittle (ˈskɪtəl)
1.  a wooden or plastic pin, typically widest just above the base
2.  (plural; functioning as singular) Also called (esp US): ninepins a bowling game in which players knock over as many skittles as possible by rolling a wooden ball at them
3.  informal (often used with a negative) beer and skittles an easy time; amusement
[C17: of obscure origin; perhaps related to Swedish, Danish skyttel shuttle]

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Missy parch coffee in a skittle, and it good coffee, too.
It must have derived from the skittle club or something at one point.
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