Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bowling pin that is shorter and squatter than a tenpin.
  • n. A bowling game played with such pins and a small ball.

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  • n. A short, squat form of tenpin

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bowling pin that is short and squat by comparison with a tenpin

Etymologies

From its squat appearance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Two hours later, I convinced everyone to go duckpin bowling, a miniature version of the game featuring tiny, squat pins and little balls that fit in the palm of your hand.

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  • The mystery woman could be Alice McHugh, a 1938 U.S. and world champion duckpin bowler who died in 1986.

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  • He was a former leader of the Dayton 4-H Club and a longtime church league duckpin bowler.

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  • She was an avid fan of baseball and basketball, enjoyed duckpin bowling, ceramics and quilt making.

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  • She was an avid and accomplished duckpin bowler, winning many awards over the years.

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  • Maple Sugar Time is one of those quirky New England customs that defines the region --- like duckpin bowling, dropping Rs when speaking, or passionately rooting for a baseball team that plays 86 seasons between World Series wins.

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  • Well, FCA now has the space at Pearson's Square, on the site of the old duckpin bowling alley just off Lee Highway.

    Falls Church News-Press Online

  • She was an avid duckpin bowler and bowled in a league for many years.

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  • To help offset debt, an auction of numerous items including commercial kitchen equipment, bar equipment, tables, chairs, a Manitowoc ice machine and an antique Brunswick two-lane duckpin bowling alley, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

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  • She was duckpin bowling national champion many times.

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