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- n. The round disk used to play winks in the game of tiddlywinks.
- n. Someone who squidges a wink in the game of tiddlywinks.
Created in 1888 by an English pub owner to amuse his patrons between brawls, tiddlywinks was a simple game in which a player pressed one disk, a squidger, down on the edge of another to force it to fly through the air and into a cup, a move called ‘potting.’
But a few weeks later, the captain of the tiddlywinks team called. And kept calling. Lockwood went to a meeting and discovered that he had a knack for the squidger, the tool used to launch the winks.
Then there are the winks themselves. Serious players order them from Italy, or handcraft their own. Kahn creates squidgers by using a band saw to slice thin pieces from long rods of plastic or nylon, then sanding the discs by hand.
The origin of this word is uncertain. The earliest citation, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is 1955.