[ spil-i-kin ]
/ ˈspɪl ɪ kɪn /
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spillikins, (used with a singular verb) the game of jackstraws.
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Origin of spillikin
1725–35; variant of spellican<obsolete Dutch spelleken, equivalent to spelle peg, pin + -ken-kin
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Example sentences from the Web for spillikin
It's so very difficult to play a game with a spillikin on one side and a sledge-hammer on the other.'The Explorer|W. Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for spillikin
spilikin spellican (ˈspɛlɪkən)
/ (ˈspɪlɪkɪn) /
a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one used in spillikins
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