Definition of skittle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskɪtl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɪtl//
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  1. 1[countable] (in Britain) a wooden or plastic object used in the game of skittles
  2. 2 skittles [uncountable] (in Britain) a game in which players roll a ball at nine skittles and try to knock over as many of them as possible compare tenpin bowling See related entries: Games
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: of unknown origin. The word skyttel exists in Danish and Swedish in the sense ‘shuttle, child's marble’, but there is no evidence to connect this with the game of skittles.