"skittles" Definition

Definitions for the word "skittles" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. slang
a game similar to that of Ten Pins, which, when interdicted by the Government, was altered to Nine Pins, or SKITTLES. The pins are set up in an alley, and thrown (not bowled) at with a round piece of hard wood, shaped like a small flat cheese. The costers used to consider themselves the best players in London, but they have been frequently undeceived. SKITTLES has within the past few years received an awful blow—quite a floorer—from “the powers that be.”
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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