One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small wooden or porcelain ball used in a game (knur and spell) resembling trapball, played in northern England.
- ‘They played knur and spell, flew pigeons (they still do), fought cocks, coursed rabbits with whippets, gambled on anything and everything and drank prodigiously.’
- ‘It is simply a little sling that dangles the knur from a stick stuck in the ground.’
- ‘The words in each recording are explained so that users know what a stithurum is, what to put in the barton-linhay, how to play knur and spell and when to eat bait, bever, docky or snap.’
- ‘Cricket, football, knur and spell were amongst the most popular pastimes as well as time spent in the pub until the money ran out.’
- ‘But there were plenty of less violent pastimes: knur and spell, ‘duck knop’, and football through the streets.’
- ‘Personally I regret that it has done so to the detriment of the more manly pedestrian exercises, wrestling, and the clever game of knur and spell.’
2variant form of knar
Late Middle English knorre, variant of knarre (see knar).
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