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1. spillikins(used with a sing. verb) The game of jackstraws.
2. One of the straws used in playing jackstraws.

[Probably alteration of Flemish spelleken, diminutive of spelle, pin, from Middle Flemish, ultimately from Medieval Latin spīnula, diminutive of Latin spīna, thorn.]


(Games, other than specified) (functioning as singular) Brit a game in which players try to pick each spillikin from a heap without moving any of the others. Also called: jackstraws
[C18: from spill2 + diminutive ending. See -kin]
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Noun1.spillikins - a game in which players try to pick each jackstraw (or spillikin) off of a pile without moving any of the others
child's game - a game enjoyed by children
References in classic literature ?
And anon, when his victim had steeled himself against this method, he could extract another five-pound note from his little hoard with the delicacy of one playing spillikins.
6) The nearsighted Mr Peter Spillikins is so overawed by the achievement of Castel Casteggio, and the beauty of its inhabitants, that he "practically didn't see at all the little girl in green that stood unobtrusively on the further side of Mrs Newberry" (119).
Some of the most popular among these handicrafts were games and games boxes, playing cards, chess sets, spillikins and other pastimes, which were particularly popular with the French.