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skittle

[skit-l] /ˈskɪt l/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
skittles, (used with a singular verb) ninepins in which a wooden ball or disk is used to knock down the pins.
2.
one of the pins used in this game.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skutill shuttle, arrow; Danish skyttel shuttle
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Examples for skittles
  • skittles are also used as obstacles in some artistic billiards shots.
British Dictionary definitions for skittles

skittle

/ˈskɪtəl/
noun
1.
a wooden or plastic pin, typically widest just above the base
2.
(pl; 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.
(often used with a negative) (informal) beer and skittles, an easy time; amusement
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin; perhaps related to Swedish, Danish skyttel shuttle
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Word Origin and History for skittles
n.

game played with nine pins, 1630s, plural of skittle, the word for the pins used in the game, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish and Norwegian skyttel "shuttle, child's toy"). But OED says there is no evidence of a connection.

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