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Definition of "skittle" [skit•tle]

  • A British form of ninepins, in which a wooden disk or ball is thrown to knock down the pins. (noun)
  • One of the pins used in skittles. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "skittle" in a sentence
  • "IN THE COMMENTS: Here's how my ultra-sophisticated commenter Bissage clues me in that "skittle" is the wrong word:"
  • "In his quotations from other authors he embodies variations which stand already severely condemned by first-class chess critics in various chess periodicals; and his original researches contain a considerable portion of "skittle" analysis, which does not bear cursory examination."
  • "Rehman is bowling over the wicket, into the rough outside the left-hander's off-stump, and he's mixing up his pace, probing away, looking for a rip-snorter that will skittle the skipper."