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skit·tle

 (skĭt′l)
n.
1. skittles(used with a sing. verb) A British form of ninepins, in which a wooden disk or ball is thrown to knock down the pins.
2. One of the pins used in skittles.

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

skittle

(ˈskɪtəl)
n
1. (Bowls & Bowling) a wooden or plastic pin, typically widest just above the base
2. (Bowls & Bowling) (plural; functioning as singular) Also called (esp US): ninepins a bowling game in which players knock over as many skittles as possible by rolling a wooden ball at them
3. beer and skittles (often used with a negative) informal an easy time; amusement
[C17: of obscure origin; perhaps related to Swedish, Danish skyttel shuttle]

skit•tle

(ˈskɪt l)

n. Chiefly Brit.
1. skittles, (used with a sing. v.) ninepins in which a wooden ball or disk is used to knock down the pins.
2. one of the pins used in this game.
[1625–35; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skutill shuttle, arrow, Dan skyttel shuttle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skittle - a bowling pin of the type used in playing ninepins or (in England) skittlesskittle - a bowling pin of the type used in playing ninepins or (in England) skittles
bowling pin, pin - a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target
Verb1.skittle - play skittles
bowl - engage in the sport of bowling; "My parents like to bowl on Friday nights"
Translations
قَنّينَه
kuželka
kegle
tekebábu
keila
kėglis
ķeglis
kolok
kuka

skittle

[ˈskɪtl]
A. Nbolo m
skittlesel juego de bolos
to play skittlesjugar a los bolos
B. CPD skittle alley Nbolera f

skittle

[ˈskɪtəl]
nquille f
skittles npl (= game) → jeu m de quilles, quilles fplskittle alley npiste f de jeu de quilles, jeu m de quilles

skittle

n (Brit) → Kegel m; to play skittleskegeln; skittle alleyKegelbahn f

skittle

[ˈskɪtl] nbirillo skittles npl (game) → (gioco dei) birilli mpl
to play skittles → giocare a birilli
it isn't all beer and skittles (fam) → non è tutto rose e fiori

skittle

(ˈskitl) noun
a bottle-shaped, usually wooden object used as a target for knocking over in the game of skittles.
ˈskittles noun singular
a game in which the players try to knock down a number of skittles with a ball. a game of skittles; Do you play skittles?; (also adjective) a skittles match.
References in classic literature ?
At the appointed hour arrives the coroner, for whom the jurymen are waiting and who is received with a salute of skittles from the good dry skittle-ground attached to the Sol's Arms.
At the ninth stroke, a third young gentleman emerged from the door leading to the skittle ground, and bowing low, awaited his commands.
He looked with an indifferent eye, alike on skittles, cards, and dice, thinking only of the locksmith's daughter, and the base degenerate days on which he had fallen.
But I heard, afterwards, that he was seen to play a lively game at skittles, before noon.
Norton, I met with a court chaplain, who was looking on at a party playing at skittles, and an old servant who named me, bursting into tears, and who was as near and as certainly killing me by his fidelity as another might have been by treachery.
It means that he is strong enough - but you think it skittles, Colonel Creighton - to make anyone do anything he wants.
They received me and my news as one receives a dog in a game of skittles," said he in conclusion.
Sir Joseph knocked the pins about quite skilfully; Master Bowley took an innings at a shorter distance also; and everybody said that now, when a Baronet and the Son of a Baronet played at skittles, the country was coming round again, as fast as it could come.
Life isn't all beer and skittles; but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.
Here they work, read, play at skittles, and other games; and when the weather does not admit of their taking exercise out of doors, pass the day together.
Now,' thought Mr Boffin, 'if he proposes a game at skittles, or meets a country gentleman just come into property, or produces any article of jewellery he has found, I'll knock him down
Don't quite sound like skittles, nor yet country gentleman, nor yet jewellery,' thought Mr Boffin, 'but there's no knowing.