• WordNet 3.6
    • n skittles a bowling game that is played by rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley at a target of nine wooden pins
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a pack of Skittles candy, there is an equal 20% distribution of each flavour
    • n. pl Skittles An English game resembling ninepins, but played by throwing wooden disks, instead of rolling balls, at the pins.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Skittles skit′lz a game of ninepins in which a flattened ball or thick rounded disc is thrown to knock down the pins—played in a Skitt′le-all′ey, -ground. In American Bowls, the game is played with ten pins arranged in the form of a triangle, the missile being rolled along a carefully constructed wooden floor
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  • Thomas Hughes
    Thomas Hughes
    “Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education.”


Beer and skittles - (UK) People say that life is not all beer and skittles, meaning that it is not about self-indulgence and pleasure.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of Scand. origin. √159. See Shoot (v. t.), and cf. Shuttle Skit (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of shittle or shuttle.


In literature:

I can do many things, from driving engines to playing skittles.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
The relaxations of the humbler class, are fives, quoits, skittles, and ale.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
There has been no playing at skittles for me in either.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde
I found him in company with some of the masters, and with several young men either playing, or about to play, at skittles.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
He found conversation with detectives as lively as playing at skittles with bombshells.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Do you really think farming is all beer and skittles?
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
This West Indian trade is not all beer and skittles.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
In the first, there were several young Monks playing at skittles in the centre of the lawn.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
But then skittles is a game of low connections.
"Uppingham by the Sea a Narrative of the Year at Borth" by John Henry Skrine
He swam, rowed, walked, and could tire out any of his colleagues at swordplay or skittles.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
They were going to eat lobsters and drink bottled beer and play skittles at Le Tac.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
Contrary winds kept us in port a considerable time; to pass the time we played skittles outside the walls.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
But I heard, afterwards, that he was seen to play a lively game of skittles before noon.
"In Jail with Charles Dickens" by Alfred Trumble
A woman doesn't play skittles like that with an honest man's heart!
"Monsieur Cherami" by Charles Paul de Kock
The first part of the plot was, to the most skilful criminal 'impersonator' in the States, mere skittles.
"Max Carrados" by Ernest Bramah
I'm in no humour for skittles to-night, if you don't mind.
"A Second Coming" by Richard Marsh
I hope, my Skittles, you have been giving Mr. Paxton a little good advice?
"The Datchet Diamonds" by Richard Marsh
Bowling and the game of skittles are also favourite pastimes, and to the latter especially several romantic stories attach.
"Tyrol and its People" by Clive Holland
I don't need to ask any man's leave to drink a pint at 'Noah's Ark,' and watch a game of skittles.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
Being a soldier's wife isn't all beer and skittles.
"Mrs. Maxon Protests" by Anthony Hope

In poetry:

It keeps muttering: stop it till dawn.
Let the dry whiting finally settle.
Hard as nails is the worm-eaten ground,
And the echo's as keen as a skittle.
"I hang limp on the Creator's pen" by Boris Pasternak
But Willy meanwhile was content with his lot;
He was slow, but he always was found on the spot;
He wasted no money on skittles and ale,
But put by his pence, when he could, without fail.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - III" by E W Bowling
Years passed--Fred grew idle and peevish and queer;
Took to skittles, bad language, tobacco, and beer:
Grew tired of his work, when it scarce was begun;
Was Jack of all trades and the master of none.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - III" by E W Bowling
March came in with the koil. Pagett was cool and gay,
Called me a "bloated Brahmin," talked of my "princely pay."
March went out with the roses. "Where is your heat?" said he.
"Coming," said I to Pagett, "Skittles!" said Pagett, M.P.
"Pagett, M.P." by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

A Denver artist has created a portrait of Florida shooting suspect George Zimmerman using more than 12,000 Skittles _ the candy that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was carrying when Zimmerman fatally shot him.
Denver artist creates portrait of George Zimmerman with Skittles .
For Skittles , Death Brings Both Profit and Risk.
The interactive videos prompt you to place your finger on your computer screen where a Skittle appears—and then your finger becomes, disturbingly, part of the action.
Nike makes Skittles shoes for Marshawn Lynch.
But Lynch offered only a brief, non- Skittle -related statement to reporters after that game, before ducking out of the locker room.
'Twix' could join ' Skittles '.
A Bossier City teen is in hot water…after buying his Skittles with fake bills.
The Skittles tagline might be "Taste the Rainbow," but let's be real: it's much more fun to wear it.
You could also try dissolving a pack of Skittles in water and watch a rainbow show up.
Skittles the cat needs a lift home.
Skittles the cat will soon be on her way home to Reno.
Skittles cruises around on his front paws for quite a distance.
The guy in this video could be giving us the secrets to life, the cure for cancer or his favorite Skittle flavor.
Our Maltese, Skittles, pees this way.