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

  • n. A British form of ninepins, in which a wooden disk or ball is thrown to knock down the pins.
  • n. One of the pins used in skittles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. one of the wooden targets used in skittles
  • v. To play skittles.
  • v. To beat comprehensively.
  • v. To use as a recreational drug a certain over-the-counter cough medication that is taken orally and whose tablets are said to resemble Skittles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the game of skittles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To knock over with a skittle-ball; knock down; bowl off.
  • n. One of the pins used in the game of skittles.
  • n. plural A game played with nine pins set upright at one end of an alley, the object of the player stationed at the other end being to knock over the set of pins with as few throws as possible of a large roundish ball.

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

  • v. play skittles
  • n. a bowling pin of the type used in playing ninepins or (in England) skittles


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

Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.


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