Definition of tiddlywink in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtidlēˌwiNGk/
(also tiddledywink /ˈtidl-dē-/)


1 (tiddlywinks) A game in which small plastic counters are flicked into a central receptacle by being pressed on the edge with a larger counter.
Example sentences
  • Whether it's your first game or your last one or a game of table tennis or tiddlywinks, you want to win.
  • For all the easy going humour, Channon's competitive streak dictates that he would find it hard to take in the concept of a friendly game of tiddlywinks.
  • If I were going to a place where a hard day is one game of tiddlywinks instead of two, I wouldn't be afraid either.
2A counter used in the game of tiddlywinks.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to tiddly1. The word originally denoted an unlicensed bar, also a game of dominoes. Current senses date from the late 19th century.

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Syllabification: tid·dly·wink

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