Definitions for: Jackstraw


[n] a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws



Webster (1913) Definition: Jack"straw`, n.
1. An effigy stuffed with straw; a scarecrow; hence, a man
without property or influence. --Milton.

2. One of a set of straws of strips of ivory, bone, wood,
etc., for playing a child's game, the jackstraws being
thrown confusedly together on a table, to be gathered up
singly by a hooked instrument, without touching or
disturbing the rest of the pile. See Spilikin.

Synonyms: spillikin

See Also: strip


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