- [pl., with sing. v.] a British form of ninepins in which a wooden disk or ball is used to knock down the pins
- any of these pins
Origin of skittleprobably from Scandinavian cognate of shuttle (as in Danish skyttel, a shuttle, marble)
(not) all beer and skittles
(not) pure pleasure and enjoyment
- skittles used with a sing. verb A British form of ninepins, in which a wooden disk or ball is thrown to knock down the pins.
- One of the pins used in skittles.
Origin of skittlePerhaps of Scandinavian origin
(third-person singular simple present skittles, present participle skittling, simple past and past participle skittled)