Definitions

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

  • noun The game of jackstraws.
  • noun One of the straws used in playing jackstraws.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A long splinter of wood, bone, ivory, or the like, such as is used in playing some games, as jackstraws.
  • noun pl, A game played with such pegs, pins, or splinters, as push-pin or jackstraws.
  • noun A small peg used in keeping count in some games, as cribbage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See spilikin.

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

  • noun One of the straws used in the game of jackstraws (spillikins)

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

  • noun a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws

Etymologies

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

[Probably alteration of Flemish spelleken, diminutive of spelle, pin, from Middle Flemish, ultimately from Medieval Latin spīnula, diminutive of Latin spīna, thorn.]

Examples

  • It's so very difficult to play a game with a spillikin on one side and a sledge-hammer on the other. '

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