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



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒŋkə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːŋkər//
    (informal, especially British English) Children's games
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  1. 1 [countable] the smooth shiny brown nut of the horse chestnut tree compare chestnut, horse chestnut
  2. 2 conkers [uncountable] a children’s game played with conkers on strings, in which two players take turns to try to hit and break each other’s conker See related entries: Children's games
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent. (a dialect word denoting a snail shell, with which the game, or a form of it, was originally played): perhaps from conch, but associated with (and frequently spelled) conquer in the 19th and early 20th cents: an alternative name was conquerors.