One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A game in which a piece of wood tapered at both ends is struck at one end with a stick so as to spring up and is then knocked away by the same player.
- ‘‘It was something between tipcat’ and playing marbles,’ he said.’
- ‘The easiest game to play with the equipment for tipcat is to hit the block of wood with the bat.’
- ‘In the nineteenth century there were repeated complaints that the pavements of London were made impassable by children's shuttlecock and tipcat.’
- ‘My country where I was born, I grew up, and on whose streets I played tipcat and marbles, is under occucpation.’
- 1.1count noun A tapered piece of wood used in the game of tipcat.
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