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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.


Possibly tiddly +‎ wink



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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