skittle

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Origin unknown. Perhaps of North Germanic origin (compare Old Norse skutill (bolt, harpoon), Danish skyttel (shuttle, child's toy)). Compare also Old English sċytel (a dart, bolt). More at shuttle.

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NounEdit

skittle (plural skittles)

  1. One of the wooden targets used in skittles.
    • 1960 March, “The January blizzard in the North-East of Scotland”, in Trains Illustrated, page 137:
      By the afternoon it seemed as if the storm had passed and that frost was setting in; but in the evening the wind rose to gale force, bringing telegraph poles down like skittles and tangling power and telephone lines.

VerbEdit

skittle (third-person singular simple present skittles, present participle skittling, simple past and past participle skittled)

  1. (intransitive) To play skittles.
  2. (transitive) To beat comprehensively.
  3. (transitive) To knock down.

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