or spil·i·kin

[ spil-i-kin ]
/ ˈspɪl ɪ kɪn /


a jackstraw.
spillikins, (used with a singular verb) the game of jackstraws.

Origin of spillikin

1725–35; variant of spellican < obsolete Dutch spelleken, equivalent to spelle peg, pin + -ken -kin
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Examples 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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