Definition of skittle in English:


Syllabification: skit·tle
Pronunciation: /ˈskidl


1 (skittles) [treated as singular] A game played, chiefly in Britain, with wooden pins, typically nine in number, set up at the end of an alley to be bowled down with a wooden ball or disk.
More example sentences
  • Then on Wednesday at 9.30PM the name of the game is adult skittles and week ends as per usual with Whist on Thursday at 9pm.
  • The skittles set (the English equivalent to 10-pin bowling) comprised six plastic bowling pins and two plastic balls.
  • Alex was a real livewire and had loads of energy and many a happy time we had playing football and skittles.
2A pin used in the game of skittles.
More example sentences
  • This float looks like a miniature skittle seen in a bowling lane.
  • The ball hit him square in the forehead and he fell like a skittle.
  • The table featured a croquet-like hoop at one end called the ‘Port’ and an upright skittle at the other called the ‘King’.


mid 17th century: 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.

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