Squail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Squail skwāl To throw sticks at cocks; to throw anything about awkwardly or irregularly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n squail A disk or counter used in the game of squails.
    • n squail plural A game in which disks or counters are driven by snapping them from the edge of a round board or table at a mark in the center.
    • n squail plural Ninepins.
    • squail To throw a stick, loaded stick, disk, fiat stone, or other object at a mark: often applied to the throwing of sticks at cocks or geese on Shrove Tuesday, a sport formerly popular in England.
    • squail To aim at, throw at, or pelt with sticks or other missiles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Squail skwāl a disc or counter used in the game of squails:
    • v.i Squail to throw a stick, &c., at any object
    • v.t Squail to pelt with sticks, &c
    • n Squail skwāl (pl.) a parlour-game in which small discs are snapped from the edge of the table to a centre mark called the process: the game of ninepins
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of kail.

Usage

In literature:

These easterly rains, when they do come, which is not often, come wi' might enough to squail a man into his grave.
"The Hand of Ethelberta" by Thomas Hardy
How would you like to make a dress for Mrs. Squails, Phil?
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
In the orchard Bevis and Mark squailed at the pears with short sticks.
"Bevis" by Richard Jefferies
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