- 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.
- the top used in this game.
Compare yo-yo(def 1).
Origin of diabolo
1905–10; < Italian: literally, devil
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Examples from the Web for 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.Letters of Travel (1892-1913)
All things and all thoughts come back in this play like the top spun by a skilful player of diabolo.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt
L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
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.Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches
- a game in which one throws and catches a spinning top on a cord fastened to two sticks held in the hands
- the top used in this game
C20: from Italian, literally: devil
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