Definition of spillikin in English:


Line breaks: spilli|kin
Pronunciation: /ˈspɪlɪkɪn


  • 1 (spillikins) [treated as singular] A game played with a heap of small rods of wood, bone, or plastic, in which players try to remove one at a time without disturbing the others.
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    • 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.
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    • ‘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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