jackstraw

[ jak-straw ]
/ ˈdʒækˌstrɔ /
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noun

one of a group of strips of wood or similar objects, as straws or toothpicks, used in the game of jackstraws.
jackstraws, (used with a singular verb) a game in which players compete in picking up, one by one, as many jackstraws as possible without disturbing the heap.
Obsolete.
  1. a straw-stuffed figure of a man; scarecrow; straw man.
  2. an insignificant person.

Nearby words

  1. jacksonism,
  2. jacksonville,
  3. jacksonville beach,
  4. jackstay,
  5. jackstone,
  6. jackstraws,
  7. jacky,
  8. jacky howe,
  9. jacky tar,
  10. jackyard

Origin of jackstraw

First recorded in 1590–1600; after Jack Straw, name or nickname of one of the leaders of the rebellion headed by Wat Tyler in 1381 in England

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British Dictionary definitions for jackstraws

jackstraws

/ (ˈdʒækˌstrɔːz) /

noun

(functioning as singular) another name for spillikins
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