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noun, plural di·ab·o·los for 2.
  1. a game in which a toplike object is spun, thrown, and caught by or balanced on and whirled along a string the ends of which are fastened to the ends of two sticks that are manipulated by hand.
  2. the top used in this game.
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Compare yo-yo(def 1).

Origin of diabolo

1905–10; < Italian: literally, devil
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Historical Examples of diabolo

  • They are the dicone (the shape of a diabolo) and the cylinder.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

  • What you call Socialism is his intellectual equivalent for Diabolo and Limerick competitions.

  • All things and all thoughts come back in this play like the top spun by a skilful player of diabolo.

  • Segovia still carries on her shield this "Puente del diabolo," with the head of a Roman peering above it.

    Cathedrals of Spain

    John A. (John Allyne) Gade

  • We invented and played at 'Diabolo' when the Britons were painted blue and lived in the woods.

British Dictionary definitions for diabolo


noun plural -los
  1. a game in which one throws and catches a spinning top on a cord fastened to two sticks held in the hands
  2. the top used in this game
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Word Origin for diabolo

C20: from Italian, literally: devil
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