Definition of spillikin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspiləkin/


1 (spillikins) another term for jackstraws.
Example sentences
  • Playing spillikins is a suitable occupation for the very young, indoors.
  • We sailed east on a floating palace that offered myriad activities, such as mumblety-peg, spillikins and ring-a-levio.
  • Clearing the objects from the Antechamber was like playing a gigantic game of spillikins.
2A splinter or fragment.
Example sentences
  • ‘He went through it with the meat-axe,’ said John; ‘It's all in spillikins in the back garden.’


Mid 18th century: from spill2 + -kin.

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Syllabification: spil·li·kin

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