from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as thirteen, 3.
- n. The thirteenth one of any number of things; specifically, in whist, the last card of a suit left in the hands of a player after the other twelve have been played.
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And when, at the last, holding only a thirteener and a fork in Clubs, he led the losing card of the latter, she could endure the agony no longer.
Said McHale of The Sphere, who, having been stuck with the queen of spades -- that most unlucky thirteener -- twice in succession, was retiring on his losses, to Mallory of The Ledger who had just come in:
I was a thirteener, and must, whether or no, go over to the next column, like the odd figure you carry along when you do a sum in addition.
Sir, says I, his lordship is one of the flinty-hearted ones, and devil a thirteener will he forgive you -- but, my lord, it will utterly ruin sir Rowland to replace it.
'But now that he was in luck, he would as soon play for a hundred guineas as for a thirteener.'
Nevertheless, forasmuch as by such occupancy an ill-tempered sarcasm might charge it with conceit; know then that my humbler meaning here is to put it lowest and last, even in the place of wooden-spoon; for this also (being mindful of the twelve apostle-spoons from old time antecedent) is a legitimate thirteener: and so, while in extricating my muse from the folly of serenading a non-existent king, I have candidly avowed the general selfishness of printing, believe that, in this avowal, I take the lowest seat, so well befitting one of whom it may ungraciously be asked, Where do fools buy their logic?