- 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 spillikins
Leap frog is not too heavy for me and spillikins not too light.Mr. Scarborough's Family
One writer compares the structure to a bundle of spillikins.A Bird Calendar for Northern India
Weymouth, a hundred and eighty years ago, was about as symmetrical as a game of spillikins in confusion.The Man Who Laughs
One evening, Belinda was playing with little Charles Percival at spillikins.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
So there was the situation till the war of Ninety-three came along to jumble us all up and knock everything to spillikins.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
- (functioning as singular) British a game in which players try to pick each spillikin from a heap without moving any of the othersAlso called: jackstraws
C18: from spill ² + diminutive ending. See -kin
spilikin spellican (ˈspɛlɪkən)
- a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one used in spillikins
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