Definitions for jackstrawˈdʒækˌstrɔ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
one of the thin strips of wood or other material used in jackstraws.
jackstraws, (used with a sing. v.) a game in which piled jackstraws must be picked up, one by one, without disturbing the heap.
Origin of jackstraw:
1590–1600; earlier, scarecrow, after Jack Straw, name or nickname of one of the leaders of the rebellion headed by Wat Tyler in 1381 in England
a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws
One of the pieces used for the game variously called jackstraws or pick-up-sticks.
An insignificant person.
an effigy stuffed with straw; a scarecrow; hence, a man without property or influence
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