from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To knock over with a skittle-ball; knock down; bowl off.
  • noun One of the pins used in the game of skittles.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to the game of skittles.
  • adjective an alley or court in which the game of skittles is played.
  • adjective a disk or flattish ball of wood for throwing at the pins in the game of skittles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun one of the wooden targets used in skittles
  • verb To play skittles.
  • verb To beat comprehensively.
  • verb 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb play skittles
  • noun 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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