spillikin

or spil·i·kin

[ spil-i-kin ]
/ ˈspɪl ɪ kɪn /

noun

a jackstraw.
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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British Dictionary definitions for spillikins (1 of 2)

spillikins
/ (ˈspɪlɪkɪnz) /

noun

(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

British Dictionary definitions for spillikins (2 of 2)

spillikin

spilikin spellican (ˈspɛlɪkən)

/ (ˈspɪlɪkɪn) /

noun

a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one used in spillikins
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