Definition of tiddlywink in US English:


(also tiddledywink)


  • 1tiddlywinksA game in which small plastic counters are flicked into a central receptacle by being pressed on the edge with a larger counter.

    • ‘For some people, however, betting pennies on tiddlywinks or 10 bucks on Pick 4 constitutes a ‘gambling problem.’’
    • ‘If I were going to a place where a hard day is one game of tiddlywinks instead of two, I wouldn't be afraid either.’
    • ‘‘I was captain of tiddlywinks of my house at school,’ she enthused, ‘perhaps I could be on the programme as well.’’
    • ‘For all the easy going humour, Channon's competitive streak dictates that he would find it hard to take in the concept of a friendly game of tiddlywinks.’
    • ‘We think this could improve your performance in everything from tiddlywinks to weightlifting if you do it right.’
    • ‘It's the same with football or cricket or tiddlywinks or darts, it's a creation, it's not real.’
    • ‘He added: ‘Away from home, we can't even win a game of tiddlywinks, never mind a game of football!’
    • ‘One shouldn't expect equal access to everything - I certainly don't - and there are private members' clubs covering everything from underwater basket-weaving to tiddlywinks.’
    • ‘As Sir Alex Ferguson said this week: ‘If we were playing them at tiddlywinks it would still be a great competition’.’
    • ‘They now hope to break world records for playing tiddlywinks and for ‘winking’ a mile in the fastest time.’
    • ‘‘When I was in my early twenties,’ Shapiro said, ‘I was on the tiddlywinks team at MIT, and wasn't very good, but I became the town historian of tiddlywinks.’’
    • ‘We might as well have been playing tiddlywinks.’
    • ‘Continuing from Gonzo's piece here, I thought I'd note Mark Devenport's article on Northern Ireland's national sport, and I'm not talking football, rugby, Gaelic or even tiddlywinks.’
    • ‘If I joined the tiddlywinks association, and start playing darts, or tiddlywinks, or sports, or swimming or whatever, nobody counts me.’
    • ‘Whether it's your first game or your last one or a game of table tennis or tiddlywinks, you want to win.’
    • ‘We hate to lose, and we don't like drawing - you should see our guys play tiddlywinks.’
    • ‘I picked up a few bumps and bruises but we are not playing tiddlywinks.’
    • ‘They needn't think because they have banned us that we are going to go away and play tiddlywinks.’
  • 2A counter used in the game of tiddlywinks.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to tiddly. The word originally denoted an unlicensed public house, also a game of dominoes.