or spil·i·kin



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

Nearby words

  1. spill,
  2. spill over,
  3. spill the beans,
  4. spillage,
  5. spillane,
  6. spillikins,
  7. spillover,
  8. spillproof,
  9. spillway,
  10. spilt

Origin of spillikin

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

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British Dictionary definitions for spillikins



(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

Word Origin for spillikins

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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