(used with a singular verb) tenpins played without the head pin.
ninepin, a pin used in this game.

Origin of ninepins

1570–80; nine + pins Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ninepins

skittles, candlepins, kegling

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British Dictionary definitions for ninepins



(functioning as singular) another name for skittlesSee skittle (def. 2)
(singular) one of the pins used in this game
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Word Origin and History for ninepins

1570s, from nine + pin (n.). From the number of pins to be knocked down.

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