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[kong-ker, kawng-]
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noun British Informal.
  1. a horse chestnut.
  2. the hollowed-out shell of a horse chestnut.
  3. conkers, a game in which a child swings a horse chestnut on a string in an attempt to break that of another player.

Origin of conker

1840–50; probably orig. conquer; compare conquering a game played with snail shells (the name of the game presumably later transferred to the playing pieces)
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  • Me, with my commishun pinned onto a banner, and under it written, “In this Sign we Conker.”

    Swingin Round the Cirkle.

    Petroleum V. Nasby

  • Perseveranse will conker enny thing but muskeeters; the only way tew conker them iz tew bak out.

British Dictionary definitions for conker


  1. an informal name for horse chestnut (def. 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for conker


"snail shell," also "horse chestnut," from children's game of conkers (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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