- a game played on a flat surface, in which players attempt to snap small plastic disks into a cup by pressing the edges of the disks with larger ones.
Also tid·dle·dy·winks [tid-l-dee-wingks] /ˈtɪd l diˌwɪŋks/.
Origin of tiddlywinks
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There was a chandelier from Tiddlywinks for the look of the thing, but of course she lit the residence herself.Peter Pan
James M. Barrie
- (functioning as singular) a game in which players try to flick discs of plastic into a cup by pressing them sharply on the side with other larger discs
C19: probably from tiddly 1 + dialect wink, variant of winch 1
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Word Origin and History for tiddlywinks
children's tile-flipping game, 1857, probably an arbitrary formation from baby talk, but perhaps from slang tiddly-wink "unlicensed drink shop" (1844), from slang tiddly "a drink, drunk."
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