- [pl., with sing. v.] a child's game played with horse chestnuts tied to strings
- a horse chestnut
Origin of conkerBritish dialect, dialectal , origin, originally , a snail shell ( from conch + -er): the game was origin, originally played with shells
- A horse chestnut.
- con·kers A game in which two players swing horse chestnuts strung on string, each trying to use his or her horse chestnut to shatter his or her opponent's.
Origin of conkerFrom British English dialectal conker snail shell used in the original form of the game of conkers (in which two snail shells were pressed together until one broke) either from alteration of conqueror one that conquers, hard snail shell that had won many games of conkers or from variant of conch or from a combination of both
One that conks or hits.
Origin of conkerconk 1 -er 1
One that conks, as when styling hair.
Origin of conkerconk 3 -er 1
- (UK) A horse chestnut, which is used in the game of conkers.
From nineteenth-century dialect conker, snail-shell; the game of conkers was originally played using snail-shells.