[ tid-lee-wingks ]
/ ˈtɪd liˌwɪŋks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

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.

Nearby words

  1. tidally,
  2. tidbit,
  3. tiddler,
  4. tiddly,
  5. tiddlywink,
  6. tide,
  7. tide gage,
  8. tide gate,
  9. tide in the affairs of men, there is a,
  10. tide lock

Also tid·dle·dy·winks [tid-l-dee-wingks] /ˈtɪd l diˌwɪŋks/.

Origin of tiddlywinks

1835–45; plural of tiddlywink (tiddly tiny + dial. wink, variant of winch1), referring to the counter used to snap the pieces into place; see -s3

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Examples from the Web for tiddlywinks

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for tiddlywinks


/ (ˈtɪdlɪˌwɪŋks) /


(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

Word Origin for tiddlywinks

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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