Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A snail-shell.
- n. A snail-shell or a horse-chestnut used in a boys' game, in which the object is to break the snail-shell or horse-chestnut by striking it, with another.
- n. plural The game itself.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the inedible nutlike seed of the horsechestnut.
- n. the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
- From nineteenth-century dialect conker, snail-shell; the game of conkers was originally played using snail-shells. (Wiktionary)
“A conker is a horse chestnut, whence conkers, the children's game.”
“In some towns it is the practice to remove the young nuts from the trees in July so as to prevent them from being stoned and broken by boys later on when the "conker" demand begins.”
“Toby Spence's apprentice David, glossy as a shiny conker in voice and manner, was impeccable.”
“It's something rubbish, like a conker or a Mars Bar," Moyles posited before revealing that his own parents had been married for 40 years.”
“‡Conkers is a traditional English autumn game, played by schoolchildren, in which the seed of a horse chestnut, a conker, is suspended on a string and then used to strike another conker similarly suspended.”
“Quite hysterically I read that Nut warning labels on peanut packets and rules banning conker matches and homemade cakes at school fetes could be targeted by a new watchdog set up by Gordon Brown to encourage a spirit of adventure.”
“While the world sniggers at councils who cut down horse chestnut trees in case a falling conker should blind or maim a passing child, and which won't allow a peanut on school premises in case it proves as lethal as a knife, many parents still cling to the belief that if anything happens to their child, it's somebody else's fault.”
“But Dad bought the stool and when he got it home took the time to treat it with two different types of wood preserver and was so that it shone like a new conker and would not stain.”
“But we equally have silly contests – Welly throwing championships, conker conquests, cheese rolling, beetle drives, snail races to name but a few.”
“I thought you would have a conker or two though, or maybe an acorn on yours?”
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