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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.
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.
However, when the bundle of long bones was introduced, it may have simply fallen fan-wise, as at the beginning of a game of pick-up-sticks or spillikins.