Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional children's toy consisting of a wooden cup with a handle, and a ball attached to the cup by a string.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The toy called cup and ball.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gardener's measuring-cord or -line.
  • n. The toy called cup-and-ball.
  • n. An 8-inch mortar for throwing shells.
  • n. An implement for curling hair.

Etymologies

Borrowing from French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Placing the hand over his eye, he fixed the other piercingly on the bilboquet and gave the ivory cup a toss.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • Jamie was holding a bilboquet in one hand, and had the other poised over one eye.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • Jamie reached over and took the bilboquet from the boy.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • He shook his head, and reached out a hand for the bilboquet.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • The boy, understanding none of the English in which these exchanges were conducted, ignored them, intent on trying to work the bilboquet with one eye closed.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • I saw the boy Fergus's eyes focus at a spot somewhat past the bilboquet, where a tray of iced cakes stood on a table near the wall.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • Fergus, apparently hardened to the sight of female limbs, ignored me altogether, concentrating grimly on the bilboquet.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • The child Fergus, after a brief, incurious glance at us, had resumed his trials with the bilboquet.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • "Oh, yes; just as I admire great bilboquet players," said he, in that tone of his, which rendered everything he said diverting.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • Now he was yelling like an Indian, this celebrated composer of ballets, as he swung a little peasant maid of ten in a creaky swing beyond the pool -- a dear little maid with eyes as dark as Alice's, who screamed from sheer delight, and insisted on that good fellow playing all the games that lay about them, from _tonneau_ to _bilboquet_.

    A Village of Vagabonds

Comments

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  • "Jamie was holding a bilboquet in one hand, and had the other poised over one eye.

    'Of course I can,' he was saying. 'Any day and twice on Sundays. Watch.'

    Placing the hand over his eye, he fixed the other piercingly on the bilboquet and gave the ivory cup a toss. The tethered ball leaped from its socket into an arc, and dropped as though guided by radar, landing back in its cup with a smug little plop."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 232

    January 2, 2010

  • Aw. It feels good to be hearted.

    June 6, 2008

  • I heart yarb.

    June 6, 2008

  • Well, to be honest, I'm stumped. I've posted on Yahoo Answers.

    The Oracle was a crazed Greek prophetess, residing at Delphi, who dispensed gnomic prognostications to deserving supplicants. Basically an old-time fortune cookie.

    June 6, 2008

  • By the way, what's the Oracle?

    June 6, 2008

  • Yes. You are. Now answer the question, please.

    June 6, 2008

  • What am I, the fucking Oracle?

    June 6, 2008

  • Oh. Why, then, are so many restaurants named Bilboquet?

    June 6, 2008

  • It seems to be one of these.

    June 6, 2008

  • But what does it meeeeeeeean? *stomps foot*

    June 6, 2008

  • What an elegant word ;-)

    June 5, 2008

  • ...caressing her glossy young shoulder so as to fit for an instant, the happiest in her life, its ideal convexity bilboquet-wise within the hollow of his palm.

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor

    June 5, 2008