- skittles, (used with a singular verb) ninepins in which a wooden ball or disk is used to knock down the pins.
- one of the pins used in this game.
Origin of skittle
Examples from the Web for skittles
When a deal is about to close at work, is there always a bag of Skittles within reach?Can This Mood-Sensing Bra Curb Overeating?
December 3, 2013
And when I passed the refreshment stand on the way out of the theater, I could not help but think of Skittles.Hollywood, Shootings, and ‘2 Guns’: When Is Stylized Violence Obscene?
July 30, 2013
Martin had just taken a trip to a convenience store for a bag of Skittles candy and a can of drink.Zimmerman Trial Gets Punked—and ‘Stand Your Ground’ Takes Center Stage
July 3, 2013
In the evening, he left to walk less than a mile to the 7-Eleven to get a can of soda and a bag of Skittles for Chad.George Zimmerman Trial, Day One: ‘F--king Punks’
June 24, 2013
Skittles fly up behind him, a reminder of the reason Martin went to the store that night.Trayvon Martin: Painted by Chaz Guest (PHOTOS)
April 13, 2012
You'll find none of the 'beer and skittles' of the country up here.Captain Desmond, V.C.
"They received me and my news as one receives a dog in a game of skittles," said he in conclusion.War and Peace
Bless me, everything's beer and skittles with you just at present then!The History of Sir Richard Calmady
The children as good as usual, and even Skittles jolly to the last.
The broken peg skittles dealt with above will do admirably for this (Fig. 34).Toy-Making at Home
- a wooden or plastic pin, typically widest just above the base
- Also called (esp US): ninepins (plural; functioning as singular) a bowling game in which players knock over as many skittles as possible by rolling a wooden ball at them
- beer and skittles (often used with a negative) informal an easy time; amusement
Word Origin and History for skittles
game played with nine pins, 1630s, plural of skittle, the word for the pins used in the game, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish and Norwegian skyttel "shuttle, child's toy"). But OED says there is no evidence of a connection.