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The original spelling, starting in 1889, is "Tiddledy-Winks", which was the original trademarked name for the game in the UK and also used in the USA. "Tiddlywinks" is the preferred modern spelling; the earliest known use of this spelling is 1894. The spelling "Tidley Winks" was common in England in the 1930s to late 1940s. Many other spellings are also encountered.


tiddlywinks ‎(uncountable)

  1. (games) A game in which the objective is to shoot winks into a cup or at a target by flicking them with a shooter (nowadays called a squidger) from a surface.
  2. A competitive partnership game in which the objective is to gain an advantage over opponents by squopping opponent winks and by squidging friendly winks into a pot.



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